Teens Beat Man for His iPhone in SoHo, Cops Say

By Irene Plagianos on July 31, 2013 7:28am 

 A man was badly beaten in SoHo for his iPhone, police said.
A man was badly beaten in SoHo for his iPhone, police said.
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SOHO — A man was attacked by a group of teens in SoHo last week, after one of the alleged thieves ripped his iPhone from his hands, police said.

The 36-year-old told police a teen grabbed his smartphone as he walked on Prince Street near West Broadway about 4:30 p.m. July 26.

The man tried to snatch the phone back, but the thief punched him in the face, police said. That's when six other young men swarmed the alleged victim, punching him in the head and face, before running off down Prince Street with the phone, police said.

The man suffered cuts and bruises on his face and head, according to police reports.

Police were still investigating the incident as of Wednesday and had not made any arrests.

Other notable crimes in this week's NYPD blotter in the 1st Precinct include:

— A 19-year-old man was arrested for a July 23 SoHo shoplifting spree. Police said Diamond Goins stole a $1,495 handbag and a $325 belt from the Versace store at 160 Mercer St., about 3 p.m., and then swiped a $1,200 handbag from the nearby Balenciaga store at 138 Wooster St. just a couple of minutes later.

— More than $1,000 worth of women's clothing was stolen from the Anthropologie store at 375 West Broadway on July 19, police said. A store employee told police she realized the five women’s tops were missing when she was doing her regular inventory.

— A man had his wallet stolen out of his Equinox gym locker at 14 Wall St. on July 21, police said. The 44-year-old victim told police that when he came back from his workout, he unlocked his locker and walked away to clean up. When he returned about 1 p.m., his wallet was missing. The man told police $580 worth of goods from the Financial District's Century 21 was charged to his stolen credit card.

— Police arrested a man for stealing a wallet out of a sleeping subway passenger's pants pocket on  July 28. According to police, Anthony Boyd, 42, lifted a wallet from a man traveling on the E train at the Fulton Street stop about 6:15 a.m.

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