Smartphones were ripped from people’s hands in two separate incidents Monday, police said.
Two men in their early 20s, robbed a 32-year-old man of his phone as he was scrolling through email near Stockton and Ellis streets around 2 p.m.
One of the men came up and tried to yank the smartphone from his hands, but the victim fought back and a struggle ensued, police said. At some point, the thief was able to take hold of the phone and run away.
The man started to give chase but the other thief grabbed him and knocked him to the ground.
Several hours later, three people in their teens stole a 22-year-old man’s smartphone, police said.
The man was walking near Webster and Waller streets around 7:50 p.m. when the three teenagers, two boys and a girl, walked up to him. One of the boys grabbed his cell phone but the man held on “as hard as he could,” police said.
The other boy jumped into the struggle and the three thieves were able to get away.
Police said no injuries were reported in the robberies.
No detailed descriptions of the suspects in either of the incidents have been released by police.