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Worried Mother Uses IPhone App to Find Her Son, Which Led Her To Police Precinct

November 15, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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A worried mother searching for her 16-year-old son on Halloween night used an iPhone app to track him, which lead her to the 103rd Precinct station house in Jamaica sections of Queens, New York, where he was being questioned for a string of robberies.

The teen and two friends were suspected of committing four robberies late last month in the Hillside and Jamaica neighborhoods police said.

“She literally came into the precinct because she tracked his phone into the precinct and asked: ‘Is my son here?’ said Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann, commanding officer of the 103rd Precinct.

Police said the three teens were suspected of approaching people from behind, striking some of the victims in the head before stealing cell phones and wallets.

Two of the incidents took place on Halloween night within a two-hour time span, Cappelmann said at a recent community meeting. The two other incidents occurred within the three-week period prior to Halloween.

Officers policing the area on Halloween caught the 16-year-old and a 15-year-old girl, police said. The teens’ names were not released.

The mother of the 16-year-old told police she’d been calling her son for about 2 to 3 hours to come home but he hadn’t answered.

She then tracked his iPhone, which led her to the 103rd Precinct.

Cappelmann said when he spoke to the teen, the boy said: “I should have listened to her and I should have gone home.”

Cappelmann said,  the teen has two prior arrests, both in October, one for robbery, the other for assault.

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