An officer using
the Find My iPhone app located a Burns Harbor man on Monday after Portage
Police said that he’d battered a pregnant woman, then stolen her iPhone.
Jr., 34, of 1214 Stanley St., was arrested on charges of domestic battery,
intimidation, invasion of privacy, conversion, interference with reporting a
crime, and criminal mischief, police said.
police, at 10:53 p.m. an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 6700
block of Old Porter Road after a woman four and half months pregnant
reported that Childers had come to the residence in violation of a
protective order. When she attempted to call police--despite his telling her
that he would hurt her if she did--Childers pushed her backwards, causing
her to fall on her back, and grabbed her iPhone, which he then slammed on
the ground before leaving the scene, police said.
officer subsequently obtained the woman’s permission to use the Find My
iPhone app, through which he was able to trace Childers to an apartment
building in the 1800 block of Samuelson Road, police said. That officer and
another then began knocking on doors in the complex and, when they didn’t
get a response from one of the units, used the app to cause the
complainant’s iPhone to “play an audible sonar ping,” police said.
It did so and the
two officers heard it through the apartment’s door, police said. They could
also “hear people moving around inside the apartment,” prompting the
investigating officer to say that he would “obtain a warrant and kick the
door in,” police said. At that time the door opened, “with Childers standing
in the doorway,” police said.
Childers denied the
accusations made against him and advised that he was in fact not in
possession of anyone’s iPhone, police said. The officer then had the app
ping the iPhone again and it was quickly located “in the grass next to the
sidewalk directly below the window” of the apartment in question, police
transported to Porter County Jail.