PORTLAND- Three teenage boys charged with Measure 11 robbery faced a judge Tuesday afternoon for stealing a woman's iPhone.
One of the teens is a suspect in an August 19 assault and robbery of a man on a bicycle.
Police said the three males approached a woman at Northeast 21st Avenue and Alberta Street at approximately 10 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, pushed her, and stole her iPhone.
Police arrested two 15-year-olds and one 16-year-old several blocks away with the help of a K-9 unit. The suspects were identified by the victim and the iPhone was recovered.
After the arrest, detectives determined that one of the teens was a suspect in an August assault on a bike rider at Northeast 17th Avenue and Klickitat Street. It was one of several attacks on cyclists in recent weeks.
“I don't want to see this in my neighborhood,” said local bicyclist Rob Rogers of the assaults. “I don't want to see these kinds of assaults, these kids doing this walking around, doing this to other people.”
Police have not filed charges in the bike assault case and continue to investigate previous bike attacks and iPhone thefts.
The Portland Police Bureau stated that thieves often target iPhones and reminded citizens to enable their "Find My iPhone" app and password protect their phones.