Updated Monday, October 7, 12:24 p.m.
It took cops only minutes to recover a stolen cell phone and catch the robbery suspect thanks to an iPhone tracking app.
The 17-year-old victim was standing at a Corona bus stop on the Horace Harding Expressway near 99th Street around 8:45 p.m. Friday when she was robbed, said police.
The suspect came up to the teen, placed his hands over her and choked her while removing her iPhone from her handbag, then pushed to the victim to the ground, said cops. He then jumped into the rear passenger side of a vehicle and fled the scene.
The victim was not injured in the incident.
Responding officers were able to initiate the “Find My iPhone” app and track the stolen cell phone to Myrtle Avenue and 85th Street where they found the car around 9 p.m., said police.
Cops pulled the vehicle over and arrested the suspect who allegedly took the iPhone as well another man and a woman who were inside the car.
The stolen iPhone was recovered and returned to the victim.
Michael Iglesias, 29 has been charged with robbery and criminal possession of stolen Property. Augustin Rodriguez, 27, and Sayli Llonch, 28 have also been charged with criminal possession of stolen property, said police.
But a spokesperson for the Queens District Attorney’s office told the New York Post there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prosecute Rodriguez or Llonch.