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Video Shows Subway Riders Trapping Alleged iPhone Thief in SoHo

By Tom Liddy | August 5, 2012 1:57pm

MANHATTAN — Stunning video shows quick-thinking straphangers trapping an iPhone thief in a SoHo subway turnstile in June, but the slippery suspect ultimately managed to escape, police said.

The surveillance footage shows the shirtless suspect trying to dash through a turnstile at the Canal Street Station on the R line on June 22 at 5:55 p.m., but a pair of straphangers traps him there.

After struggling for a while, the alleged thief manages to squeeze through the bars of the floor-to-ceiling turnstile and escape.

Earlier, police said that he punched a man aboard a southbound R train and snatched his iPhone.

Police say he is 30- to 35-years-old, around 5-foot-9 with a muscular, build, slight goatee and an earring.

He was wearing no shirt and jeans, police said.