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He snatched her phone when the bus came to a stop. He ran. She followed.

A man snatched a student’s cell phone when a Miami-Dade bus they were on came to a stop.
A man snatched a student’s cell phone when a Miami-Dade bus they were on came to a stop.

A student was listening to music on her iPhone as she rode in a Miami-Dade Transit bus on her way to school when a fellow passenger reached from behind, grabbed it out of her hand and took off.

On Tuesday, Miami police released video of the cellphone snatching, which was captured on bus surveillance video.

The incident happened at about 6:30 a.m. April 18 in the area of Northwest Third Avenue and 14th Street.

The video showed the girl looking at her phone as the bus stopped to let passengers off. That’s when a young man, believed to be between 16 and 18 years old, grabbed the phone and ran off the bus.

Police said the girl followed him for a few blocks and then went back to the bus stop. When she got there, the offender was there, police said.

She asked for her phone. He said he didn't have it and started to walk away, according to police. Using her Apple Watch, she pinged the phone. She heard it ring from the thief’s pocket, police said.

The offender pushed the girl down and started hitting her, police said. The young man took off again and when the girl got up, she realized he left her phone behind, police said.

The offender is described as being about 5 feet, 5 inches to 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighing 130 to150 pounds and having very short black hair. He was last seen wearing a black zip-up hoodie with thin white lines, a yellow collared shirt, black cargo pants, black sneakers and a long black book bag.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami Police Department’s Robbery Unit at (305) 603-6370 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471- TIPS (8477).

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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