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Robber Rejects Victim's Subpar Cellphone, Hands It Back, Prosecutors Say

By Erin Meyer | June 11, 2014 8:19am | Updated on June 11, 2014 11:16am
 Joseph Bunch, 18, allegedly rejected his victim's cellphone after robbing him at gunpoint.
Joseph Bunch, 18, allegedly rejected his victim's cellphone after robbing him at gunpoint.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A robber who held a man at gunpoint and demanded his cellphone in Grand Crossing this week was not impressed with his victim's device, prosecutors said.

The robber, Joseph Bunch, said he "had an iPhone, which is the best phone there is," Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said in court Tuesday. Bunch then became "upset that the victim did not have a better phone to offer him."

He ultimately gave the phone back to the victim.

Bunch, 18, and his accomplice, 25-year-old Antonio Lee, sneaked up on a man en route to work around 2 a.m. Monday in the 700 block of East 79th Street, prosecutors said.

They ordered the man at gunpoint into a nearby alley and demanded he hand over his possessions, prosecutors said. The robbers took his wallet and Ventra card.

Charged with robbery, Bunch, of the 900 block of East 83rd Street, and Lee, of the 300 block of North Menard Avenue, were each ordered held on $90,000 bail Tuesday when they appeared briefly in court.

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