15-Year-Old California Girl Dies After Chasing Down iPhone Thief

| by Emily Smith

A 15-year-old Santa Ana girl died last Thursday after she tried to chase down a man who had stolen her iPhone.

Ruby Rubio and her 7-year-old sister were walking down West Warner Avenue when they were confronted by a man who asked for the time. The teenager, a sophomore at Godinez Fundamental High School, had received the iPhone from her family as a reward for good grades.

When Rubio pulled out her phone, the man “forcefully” took her phone and ran down the street with it.

The man then jumped into the passenger seat of a silver or gray Pontiac waiting nearby, which was driven by a second unknown person. Before the car could pick up speed, Rubio jumped onto the trunk and managed to hold on for a few seconds.

Witnesses reported that the Pontiac driver intentionally swerved back and forth in an attempt to get Rubio off the trunk.

Rubio fell from the vehicle, struck her head and died in the hospital from her injuries on Saturday.

“She would open her eyes and look at me for 5 seconds,” Rubio’s mother, Marisol Hernandez, said.

The iPhone was later found near the scene of the crime and appeared to have been tossed out of the vehicle.

The man accused of stealing Rubio’s phone was described by police as a Latino in his late 20s or early 30s with a medium build. He wore a black baseball hat, white tank top, light-colored jeans and stood at about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches.

Sources: LA Times, NBC