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Thieves steal iPhones from man, back into him with escape vehicle

The victim of a cellphone robbery in Southeast Portland's Centennial Neighborhood was struck by the suspects' vehicle as they were fleeing the scene on Friday afternoon.

On Sept. 26 at 3:20 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 16300 block of Southeast Yamhill Street on the report of a man who had possibly been shot and was lying in the street.

As officers were enroute, they learned the man had actually been struck by a vehicle as it fled the scene.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and began treatment of the victim, who was transported to a Portland hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers learned the victim was unloading newly purchased iPhones from his vehicle, when the suspect or suspects robbed him of several units, before hitting him with a vehicle as they backed away.

The vehicle was described as a dark blue or gray smaller sports utility vehicle driven by a Caucasian male.

Officers are continuing to investigate this case.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Portland Police non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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