Police: Gunfire erupts after thieves rob would-be iPhone buyers

Shootout follows Clayton phone grab

A group of men trying to steal an iPhone 5 in Clayton County got more than they bargained for, Channel 2 Action News reported.

When a mom and her son tried to meet the prospective buyers of their Apple smart phone after making arrangements online, police say the prospective buyer turned out to be robbers.

One of the would-be bandits – there were three men – jumped into the victim’s car with his gun, demanding the phone and the money of the mother who was waiting to meet the buyer.

Police said the woman’s son and his girlfriend were inside the QuikTrip convenient store where the meet was taking place, and returned to his mother’s car to see the robbery in place, Channel 2 said.

When one of the bandits brandished his gun as they returned to their own car to escape, police say the son pulled his own handgun and fired off roughly 15 shots.

“He began shooting at the perpetrators,” Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen told Channel 2. “The vehicle was struck (at least) two times, and a short distance from the QuikTrip … the vehicle wrecked.”

At least two of the men tried to flee on foot, but all three were caught by police.

No one was injured.

Two of the suspects charged in connection with the armed robbery — Eric Claros and Deanthony Ealey, both 19 — were denied bond Tuesday, Channel 2 Action News reported. The third suspect, 20-year-old Houston Glasco, was granted a $25,000 bond on an obstruction charge.

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