Mother of alleged Apple iPhone thief praises victim for capturing and restraining her son
The kid who had possession of the phone, handed it off to his pal as though they were returning a kickoff in the waning seconds of an NFL contest. Out of shape, and feeling the effects of the run, the pudgier of the two thieves found himself caught by Vondrich, who put a bear hug on the kid. Of course, with this taking place in New York City, photographers happened to be at the ready to shoot snapshots of the moment when the victim had captured her alleged assailant, waiting for the cops to arrive. When New York's finest showed up at the scene two minutes later, the 13-year old was busted for grand larceny.
As usual, the mother of the 13 year old went nuts when she saw the picture of her son being restrained by his victim, and added that her son is a "very good boy" who was led astray by the type of company that he keeps. However, a day later, the mother was singing another tune, praising Vondrich for her actions. "If it was my phone, I would have chased his ass, too!," she exclaimed. She did contradict herself a bit later by adding, "If I was in good shape, I would have chased him. But in the shape I’m in, I’m not gonna chase nobody for no damn phone."
What would you do if you were shoved to the ground and had your phone forcefully taken? Most law enforcement officials would tell you to let the thieves take the phone, that a smartphone isn't worth risking your life for. And looking at it logically, they are right. But many of us are just not logical when it comes to our phones.
Not a recreation, this picture shows the moment when 36 year old Clara Vondrich restrained one of the two youths who had allegedly pushed her to the ground and stole her Apple iPhone
source: NYPost (1), (2)
1. kent-gaga (Posts: 100; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
so.... what is the real meaning of this article?
4. Alan01 (Posts: 199; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)
When it comes to our phones, we often are not logical. What would you do in the same scenario?
5. swayze91 (Posts: 47; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)
Some people often build a parental protective bond with their phones. They will nurture it in any way shape or form. Only letting those they completely trust hold it (if anyone at all). Alan you are most correct that we become illogical when it comes to our phones and it's because we put so much time, money, and effort into them that they become, though as silly as this may sound, a part of us.
8. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Wouldn't go after mine if it got stolen, its encrypted so they aren't getting anything off it and it has anti thief enabled. If that fails I just get a new one through carriers insurance.
9. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
I would do the same thing and then haul his thug-@$$ directly to jail myself. Good thing someone was recording this, otherwise, someone else would be crying racism.
36. kevin91202 (Posts: 87; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)
"I would do the same thing and then haul his thug-@$$ directly to jail myself. Good thing someone was recording this, otherwise, someone else would be crying racism."
By thug, you must mean Black. You're right though. It is racism...by you.
38. darkkjedii (Posts: 12344; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
That's all he's good for bro, an underhanded racist remark. He's someone I simply ignore now. Not even worth the time. +1
20. darkkjedii (Posts: 12344; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Alan it's one of those spur of the moment type things. I myself am extremely capable, my size, stamina, muscularity, and strength would allow me to easily get it back. Like I said earlier, two unarmed kids I'm going for, two armed adults, just got a themselves an iPhone. It depends, and her being a woman deserves kudos for going after, and catching that kid. 13 year old boys can be strong, luckily for her he was pudgy and outta shape. 6 months juvenile hall.
33. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
"pudgy and outta shape"?? Stop putting yourself down!
34. darkkjedii (Posts: 12344; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Alan, I wonder how often this occurs in the states. Any stats bro?
35. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Here are the stats', bro':
Every damn day here in New York, and then they get released to their parents who then let them out again to run around and commit more crimes.
11. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1138; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
it looks more like a pic of a couple hahahahaha, still sucks
about this stuff happening if his mom was a real mom she would beat the s out of his ass, like we got as kids.
2. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1268; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
The bottom picture just don't look right. Is it the shirt? Or maybe the almost similar hand positions? Or the fact that no one really looks upset?
6. Cicero (Posts: 430; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)
It's about our belongings. Instead of phone if will be watch or wallet? At that moment we are blackouts and we are running be instincts of preservation.
12. MikeG77 (Posts: 373; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)
That's not even funny and what is the point of making such a stupid comment?
14. darkkjedii (Posts: 12344; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Well said mike, my son has a 3.8 GPA, and is headed to Washington ST U on a full basketball scholarship after his senior year. Luckily, my son isn't this type of kid.
31. MikeG77 (Posts: 373; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)
I know you wouldn't tolerate this kind of behavior from your son. Glad to hear your son is applying himself academically and even better that he got a scholarship which is not an easy thing to do.
32. darkkjedii (Posts: 12344; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Very lucky father bro. He's never given us any problems, outside of the typical messy room, and not taking the garbage out on time. I'm waiting on neurobiologist's reply though.
39. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Because there is 0 chance he is full of s**te... I really hope it's true though. These kids are our future.
26. JC557 (Posts: 1149; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Dude, that's seriously messed up. Unless that's a private joke between the both of you (which I doubt after seeing DJ's post)
30. darkkjedii (Posts: 12344; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Nahhh, it's not a joke. He's already called me quite a few racist names in other posts, so this didn't shock me. His angle is quite obvious. I think he's pissed though, cuz he didn't get the rise outta me he was hoping for :D
42. Master-Mind (banned) (Posts: 22; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)
Father just like son. Both in the same boat?
44. darkkjedii (Posts: 12344; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Awww you want some attention bad huh. Don't worry someone will give you a green thumb pretty soon. Congrats on your 3rd post.
13. ibap (Posts: 706; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
Is it entirely about the phone? Shoving someone to the ground risks inflicting an injury, up to and including a concussion. Just letting them get away with the whole thing encourages more of this behavior in the future, and tells others they can do it too. Kudos to the victim, though I'd rather she'd been able to tag him with something he couldn't remove and could be tracked.
15. darkkjedii (Posts: 12344; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
She definitely took a chance with her life. If it were kids bearing no arms, I'd go after em. Adults are more likely to have weaponry, so I'd definitely think twice about it. Anyway lock his butt up, let him learn a lesson, and kudos to the victim.
17. tedkord (Posts: 5095; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
So a 36 year old woman ran him down (in heels, no less) and overpowered him? He might be in the wrong line of work. Hope he rolls over on his accomplice and they both her their punk asses kicked in juvenile (though I doubt either will see any time).
18. darkkjedii (Posts: 12344; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Well said bro, due to them being kids and if it's their first offense they'll get a slap on the wrist. I'd put em in juvey for about 6 months, not too long but just long enough to make em realize the seriousness. After getting bullied and beat up, by real juvenile bad asses, they'd learn to chill out on this kind of behavior. I remember when I was 13, I was going around house to house with my dads lawn mower, earning money for the wknd. SMDH at kids these days
25. JC557 (Posts: 1149; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
You probably had a parent that would've whooped your butt if you stepped out of line. I know I did. Kids have little discipline these days due to poor parenting and pansy enablers.
28. darkkjedii (Posts: 12344; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Yes, my dad was the size I am now, and didn't play around. He and my mom raised us to respect, and obey case closed. He put me to work, taught me to earn mine, and I've passed that on to my kid. Thankfully he listened. I'm the type of no non sense father, if he got busted for stealing, I'd leave him in there till they forced me to come get him out. He knows better. +1
21. darkkjedii (Posts: 12344; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Pursue and recover, or peruse and kick a little ass lol.
24. JC557 (Posts: 1149; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Kick his ass and f*ck the lawyers that these POS's sick on you for protecting your $hlt.
I can never live down getting expelled from high school for beating the cr*p out of a bully.
27. darkkjedii (Posts: 12344; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
You shoulda beat his a$$. I remember being bullied in jr high, and finally standing up to him felt unbelievable.
22. shahrooz (Posts: 188; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)
being logical is something, not being able to easily afford another phone is something else :D
23. JC557 (Posts: 1149; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
All this story teaches me is that I have to go after my $hit if it gets lifted otherwise I look like a little bitch since this woman was able to do so in heels. Lately I've been dealing with Bs from feminists some of which is costing me some jobs. FDNY and stunt work take issue with my relatively small size despite handling the tests and tasks with ease but women who are smaller than I am don't have to deal with it 'cause they can scream discrimination. I also teach shaolin witha feminist who marginalizes all I am able to do despite me being much better. Hell I was prevented from playing high school ice hockey to make room for a girl' s whose parents bitched about it.
So f*ck common sense and zen nonsense.
29. darkkjedii (Posts: 12344; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Wow dude, that's crazy unfair. SMDH...
37. kevin91202 (Posts: 87; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)
"..the 13-year old was busted for grand larceny."
Larceny? It's actually robbery. Stupid NYPD can't even book the correct charges. Robbery is theft (larceny) by the use of force or fear. In this case, the suspect used force (knocked the victim down) to steal the phone.