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Good Samaritan Stops Cell Phone Robbery

Rosslyn BID employee prevents cell phone theftA Rosslyn Business Improvement District employee saved a woman’s cell phone during a robbery this afternoon.

The woman was texting behind the McDonald’s, on N. Lynn Street, when a man ran past and snatched her cell phone out of her hands, the BID employee said. Neither he nor the victim wished to be identified.

The woman called for help, and another BID employee got on the radio to describe the suspect, a black man in dark clothing, he said. Standing at the corner of N. Lynn and 19th Streets, he saw the suspect run by.

“I just asked him to give me the phone,” the good Samaritan said, “and he did, then he ran off toward the Metro. He had two phones in his hand and he gave me one of them.”

The BID employee and the woman gave their accounts to the police before speaking with ARLnow.com.

“I guess [the suspect] wasn’t trying to get into any trouble,” he said. Asked why he thinks it was so easy for the suspect to give up the phone, he said: “It’s just a good weekend, I guess.”

As of earlier this afternoon, the suspect was still at large.

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