Rubi Rubio, 15-year-old Who Chased iPhone Thief, Dies From Fall Off Getaway Car

Categories: Crime-iny

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Courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department
After stealing the iPhone, the man jumped into a light gray or silver Pontiac, police say.

Rubi Rubio's mother says she got her 15-year-old daughter an iPhone because she had been doing so well with schoolwork and household chores. This included Rubi looking after her 7-year-old sister, which is what she was doing around noon Thursday while walking in Santa Ana. That's when a stranger grabbed Rubi's iPhone and jumped into a car driven by someone else. Rubi gave chase and jumped onto the trunk of the silver or light gray Pontiac, which sped off. She either fell or was shaken off, suffered a major head wound after hitting the pavement and by Saturday was declared brain dead. Now Santa Ana homicide detectives are seeking the public's help in finding the iPhone thief.

This all happened around noon Thursday in the 1000 block of West Warner Avenue, according to Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, who disclosed a second man was behind the wheel of the Pontiac.

The mother of Rubio, a Saddleback High School sophomore, explained how important the iPhone was to her daughter at a news conference at SAPD Tuesday.

That's also where detectives disclosed they are looking for the iPhone thief, who was described as a Latino in his late 20s or early 30s, 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10 and with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a black baseball hat, white tank top and light-colored jeans.

The iPhone was recovered, according to police.

Anyone with information that can help find him is asked to call investigators at 714.245.8390. Anonymous tips can be left with Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855.847.6227 (855-TIP-OCCS) and/or at occrimestoppers.org.

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gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

That's the problem these days.  Too many don't appreciate the hard work others do, and think they are entitled to take things the easy way (i.e. citizenship, welfare benefits, etc.).  Don't know if the perps were illegals, but I am guessing either they are or their parents are.  That is why many don't want them here, they have no respect for rules or others.

Dan Banaszek
Dan Banaszek

All over a phone. Examples need to be made of people like this.

Insany Rivas
Insany Rivas

WTF iPhones suck why would she risk her life for one. Maybe if she just got a new GS5

949girl
949girl topcommenter

A lot of kids have cell phones these days.  The victim earned it from being a good student and a good kid.  So I applaud her for trying to get her well earned phone back.  To steal is bad enough but to steal from a kid is really bad.  I really don't see the point of saying anything bad about the victim in the comments.  It's a really sad story.  RIP.

Eddy Vega
Eddy Vega

I was hoping they were stupid enough to keep the phone on them and have it tracked. Poor girl.

Jeff Keller
Jeff Keller

The guy asked for the time. She pulled her phone out of her pocket and that's when the scumbag stole it.

Corey Cheng
Corey Cheng

Awful . Poor kid. They should track the location of the phone with her account

Ernie Coshow
Ernie Coshow

I hope they catch the piece of shit and let the family beat him like a pinata

Papereater Elisabet
Papereater Elisabet

Hey OC Weekly, Maybe you should remove the word "iPhone" from the headline so ignorant, narrow-minded, crass individuals will stop commenting about how a teenager should have valued her life more than a phone. You better believe mama would have just about killed her if she came home without it; I know my parents would have. This is a tragic story made even more tragic by the display of utter stupidity coming from your commenters. Rest in peace, little girl. To her family, so sorry for your loss. Let's all just keep our eyes open- maybe Facebook facial recognition/demographic algorithms can help :[

Melissa Tracy
Melissa Tracy

She was just a kid. Phone don't matter now. My condolences to the family.

Marcos Gutierrez
Marcos Gutierrez

With all do respect we have to teach children the value of life and not the value of an item, that iPhone could be replaced either way but her life won't ...

Niko Babic
Niko Babic

I get it, those phones are expensive!

Lauralee Masuda
Lauralee Masuda

and this is why I dont think much of that city...the poop hole of orange county..hope this girls parents get some justice by finding those thugs and they are held accountable..poor girl..in my prayers!

Doug Brein
Doug Brein

Hope the phone is okay. I'm sure it can do wonders by itself. Without human hands that ALSO makes things happen.

Angela Rodriguez Perez
Angela Rodriguez Perez

She was 15! She wasn't thinking of the danger she was putting herself in. I'm sure she was just thinking how her mom asked her to take care of her phone.

Gilberto Torres
Gilberto Torres

I dodged traffic to get mine back after I drove away with it on my car's rooftop. Still alive bitches. Haha

Carrie Mccluskey-Fleming
Carrie Mccluskey-Fleming

Very true Joe...wasn't worth her life. This was a very unfortunate and preventable loss....most adults would have let that phone go...but the case here was that she was a "teen" and many teens think they know it all and don't fully "get" the consequences for their decisions/actions. This sad situation can only teach us to "try" and educate our children/teens that if something like this were to happen to them...to just let it go and find the first house to call the police to file a report. We as parents can only try and educate...and hope we made an impression and that they make the right decision....the rest is up to them.

Andrew Serrata
Andrew Serrata

At 15, most kids would try to get it back to avoid punishment from their parents. Or maybe her parents made her work for it and she didn't want to give up something that was hers, and she shouldn't have to. That dirtbag deserves the death penalty. Buy your own DAMN PHONE. Coward, turn yourself in!

Anthony Thomas
Anthony Thomas

I would have been upset but not jump on a potentially moving vehicle given how little regard there is for human life.

Kristina Sakowicz
Kristina Sakowicz

Nicole Baltazar this is almost as bad as the chick who fell while taking a selfie walking down the stairs and impaled her liver and killed herself. SMH

Anthony Thomas
Anthony Thomas

And the iPhone is important enough to lose your life? I THINK NOT

Joe Provino
Joe Provino

I think it's horrible...but over a damn phone....wasn't worth the young girls life...

Carrie Mccluskey-Fleming
Carrie Mccluskey-Fleming

Trisha, how can you post with "So sorry for the loss" then continue with "but come on..... An iPhone is not worth your life. Priorities people". You should of stopped with the respect comment... really. Do you really think she was anticipating the outcome? Absolutely not..... not the best decision on her part...but it happened...a family lost a child, grandchild, niece, friend. Let them grieve....why insert negativity? Sometimes thoughts and opinions should be kept in ones head....just saying.

Trisha Davis
Trisha Davis

Be careful what you say.... You are gonna get attacked with hate like i did. I deleted my comment cause people were so mad that I had a point.

Sandra Perez
Sandra Perez

Lol, Trisha. put your keyboard sword down before you hurt yourself

Tony Medina
Tony Medina

This wouldn't happen if people are aware of their surroundings instead of walking down the street with they head down on they phone

Trisha Davis
Trisha Davis

Here's your definition btw.... PRIORITY- a thing that is regarded as more important than another. Any self respecting person with a backbone wouldnt put themselves in danger over a phone.

Trisha Davis
Trisha Davis

Priorities means what is more important.... I know the damn definition girl. And obviously it was more important to her to jump on the back of someone's vehicle she didnt know for the damn phone. So at that moment getting that phone back was her PRIORITY.....

Alexander Wisniewski
Alexander Wisniewski

You should make it a priority to learn the definition of priorities. She was a kid who had something stolen from her and instinctively chased after the thief. Something almost any self respecting person with a backbone would do. This doesn't have shit to do with her "priorities."

Trisha Davis
Trisha Davis

And just a question.... How do you know her family's financial situation? She probably didnt have to work that hard for it. iPhones arent cheap.... That wouldnt be my first reward for good grades.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

Damn THIEVES, it's a phone.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

The thieves threw it in the bushes, so all that came out of this is a dead teenage girl, who sounds like a good kid.

MeToo
MeToo

Then your parents priorities and values are very much screwed up! A phone is replaceable the life of a child or anyone for that matter is not! Poor kid, she responded to a threat and paid the ultimate price. If my children would have come home with a story like that I would have first been thankful for their safety then I would have filed a police report. once that was done I would have replaced her phone the first chance I could if not immediately!


God bless you little one.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

My  7 year old has an Iphone...

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

OR we can teach our kids not to be criminals, to respect laws and other people.  That would work, too.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

This wouldn't happen if people had respect for other people, and other peoples property.  Many people think laws don't apply to them and that they deserve whatever they can get their hands on.

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