Victim fights back with pepper spray against Miami cellphone thief

A brazen thief got all he could handle earlier this month when a woman from whom he tried to steal a cell phone tried to jump into his car, then pepper sprayed him, police said.

According to Miami-Dade police, a woman was waiting at a bus stop at Northeast 12th Avenue and Second Street on Sept. 5 when a man showed up, began a conversation, then snatched a cell phone from her hand.

When the man ran to his car, the woman chased him, landing on a running board just below the passenger door of the Chevy Tahoe. She held onto the car through the open front passenger window. As the man drove away, police said, the woman managed to pepper spray him.

Driving erratically and his eyes stinging, he still managed to reach over and grab the woman’s purse, yanking hard enough to break the strap. Then, he pushed her away from the vehicle. The woman landed on the ground, breaking her collarbone and suffering bruises, but was otherwise OK.

The suspect fled. Police described him as a black male in his late 20s with a short afro and a tattoo on most of his right arm.

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.