Software reunites mugging victim with iPhone

Victim given bear hug while men went through his pockets

Published On: May 22 2013 12:51:56 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

Tracking software helped police reunite a man with his iPhone after he was mugged, according to Madison police.

The 22-year-old Madison man said he was in the 900 block of Regent Street on Saturday at 1:30 a.m. when a group of men ran up behind him. He said one of the men gave him a bear hug while others went through his pockets. The men were unable to get the victim’s wallet, but took his iPhone and hat.

Police said tracking software was used to find the phone in the area of North Randall Street and Johnson Street. The phone was damaged but operable. Police said the phone appeared to have been thrown.

The victim said he was hit in the head during the mugging.

The man who grabbed the victim is described as black, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 200-230 pounds with a shaved head and tattoo on his forearm. He was wearing denim shorts and Air Jordan shoes.

Police said four other men were involved in the mugging.