Police: Three men steal iPhone from man, drag him from car as they flee
Apr 13, 2012 (The Morning Call - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Three men allegedly snatched an iPhone from a man's hand in Whitehall Township this week and dragged him several feet as they drove off, according to court records.
One of the men was arrested after he dropped his cell phone and police were able to recognize his picture that was used as the phone's screen saver, according to court records.
Corbin T. Tillman, 20, of Whitehall, was charged Thursday with three counts of robbery, one count each of simple assault, theft and receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit all three. He was arraigned by District Judge Robert C. Halal and sent to Lehigh County Prison under $500,000 bail.
According to a criminal complaint:
Christopher Melcher stumbled into the Whitehall police station at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday and said he had just been robbed across the street and dragged down the block.
Melcher said he had been trying to sell his iPhone 3 and met someone at the Whitehall Mini Mart, 3690 Lehigh St., a few weeks ago who was interested in the phone. That person, later identified as Corbin, called him on Tuesday and asked to meet again at the mini mart.
Corbin showed up with two other men and Melcher began talking to him about the cell phone. Corbin began to hesitate about buying the phone and then snatched it from Melcher's hand and the unidentified driver began to drive away.
Melcher's left arm was caught in the window and the car began to drag him. He said he then hung onto the car so he wouldn't get run over. Melcher said he kept telling the driver, "OK, you win, you win. Stop the car," but the driver wouldn't stop and started driving down Lehigh Street.
Melcher said the passengers in the car were kicking and punching him to have him let go of the car and then the driver began to swerve to knock him off.
He said the driver swerved close to a fire hydrant and he had to jump over it. He told police that's when he fell off the car.
Melcher said he found a cell phone next to him and saw that the picture on the lock screen was the man he who was the man he had met at the mini mart and the man who was in the backseat of the car. He showed police the phone and they recognized the man as Corbin.
Melcher was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.
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