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Close call: iPhone stops bullet during armed robbery of Fresno State student

Police say this iPhone stopped a bullet during an armed robbery of a Fresno State student.
Police say this iPhone stopped a bullet during an armed robbery of a Fresno State student. Fresno Police Department

A Fresno State student is lucky to be uninjured after an armed robbery near the campus in which a gunshot fired by the thief was blocked by the victim’s iPhone, police said.

Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez said officers responded to a 911 call at Campus Edge Apartments on Bulldog Lane around 11 p.m. Monday. Detectives located the victim, who told them he had been walking home and nearly reached his front door when a man approached him from behind.

The man said something the victim didn’t understand and pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at him, then reached for the student’s laptop bag, Gomez said. The robber fired one shot, which shattered the iPhone in the victim’s pants pocket.

The suspect ran off with the bag, which contained a silver HP laptop. The student was not harmed.

The suspect was described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 170 pounds. He was wearing a dark ski mask, a black sweatshirt and dark pants. Witnesses say no vehicle was used in the robbery.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the Fresno Police Department at (559) 621-7000 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.

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