Victim sought in iPhone theft after James Williams was arrested

James Williams arrested at North Star Mall

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio police arrested a man suspected of trying to steal an iPhone, and now detectives are looking for the victim of the theft.

Last Friday, James Williams, 25, was arrested at North Star Mall after witnesses helped thwart his attempt to steal a woman's iPhone as she sat outside the mall near The Cheesecake Factory.

"The victim was sitting down. She had the cell phone out, her iPhone, and at some point the suspect picked it up and attempted to flee stealing the phone," said San Antonio Police Officer Matthew Porter.

But Williams didn't get far, police said.

"There was a struggle and at some point during the struggle, the suspect tried to pull a gun out of his waistband. At that point, more citizens jumped on the suspect," said Porter. "We don't usually recommend it, but in this case, they felt compelled and due to their action, we were able to make an arrest."

But the victim in that attempted theft left after retrieving her phone without talking to police. Williams was arrested after another victim pointed him out of a lineup Friday night. That identifying victim told police on August 13, he and a friend met Williams at the McDonald's in the 8600 block of Broadway to sell an iPhone to Williams, who had responded to an ad on Craigslist. 

The victim handed the phone to Williams, who was sitting in the front passenger seat of a vehicle, when the female driver began to drive away.

"The victim was able to get the passenger door open and retrieve the phone before they were able to get away," said Porter. "At that point, the suspect got out, pointed a handgun at our victim and took the phone."

Williams faces charges of aggravated robbery and unlawfully carrying a weapon. He was released on Saturday on $49,000 bond. 

SAPD detectives are hoping the female victim from the North Star Mall incident will come forward so further charges can be brought against him. They also believe he may have committed other similar crimes.

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