Student dies after trying to get back snatched iPhone

Fifteen-year-old Rubi Rubio from California treasured her iPhone so much that she gave up her own life just to get it back from a snatcher.

Student dies after trying to get back snatched iPhone

The phone was given by her mother, Marisol Hernandez, a week before the incident, on the condition that she must earn good grades. The teenager was a student at Godinez Fundamental High School.

Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana police department told Orange County Register that Rubi was walking her 7-year-old sister home from school about noon Thursday, July 3, at West Warner Avenue when a man asked for the time. As she checked on her iPhone, the man grabbed it and ran towards a getaway car.

Rubi chased the thief, jumped on the trunk of the car but fell off after it swerved, Bertagna said. Witnesses reportedly said the victim's head hit the roadway. She was rushed to the Western Medical Center and her iPhone was found later by a resident near the crime scene.

Hernandez believed that her daughter knew what was happening and even hoped Rubi would survive because she was able to open her eyes as well as move her arms and legs. However, the teen died at the hospital last Saturday, July 5.

Her final word before she succumbed to her injuries was "Mom", the mother added.

According to police, the robbery suspect was described as a 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches-tall Latino with a medium build, believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s. He was last seen wearing a black baseball hat, white tank top and light-colored jeans. The vehicle driven by an unidentified person was described as a light gray or silver Pontiac.

Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspect and driver may call detectives at 714-245-8390 or OC Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS, the report said.