Photo: Jess Watters/Pexels

iPhone owner traumatized after police barged into his home and arrested him over mistaken identity

Bradley Wint
By - Founder/Executive Editor
Jan 22, 2018 12:40am AST
Photo: Jess Watters/Pexels
Get the latest news stories of the day delivered to your inbox

One iPhone X customer and his wife were left traumatized and physically injured after a major run in with the police over a case of mistaken identity.

Rick Garcia and his wife Shannon Knuth were woken up one morning by the sounds of ramming on their door. When they looked out their window, they saw officers from the San Francisco Police Department, using a battering ram to break down their front door. They then heard them shouting ‘SFPD’ and ‘warrant’.

Once inside, the officers quickly dragged Garcia from his apartment, arrested him, and carried him to the Taraval Police Station. Garcia tried to remain as calm as possible, fearing that if he resisted, things could have turned out much worse.

“All my instincts to defend myself, defend my wife, defend my dog, needed to be supressed in order to have the best outcome,” said Rick.

While all this was happening, Garcia’s wife was just getting out of the shower and did not even get the opportunity to put on some decent clothing. The officers ordered her to remain seated on the couch, while they rummaged through the house, looking for what turned out to be a allegedly stolen iPhone X.

According to the warrant, Garcia’s recently purchased iPhone X was listed as being stolen, but Knuth was able to prove that the phone was legally purchased from an Apple store after she showed them the receipt for the device.

The officers on the scene then checked it with the station, and Garcia was eventually released and brought back to his home.

“They gathered their pry bar and their battering ram and they left,” he said.

It turns out that the Garcia had purchased his iPhone from the Apple store at the Stonestown Galleria in San Francisco. This was the same store location where 300 iPhone Xs were stolen from a UPS truck in the mall’s parking lot back in November.

It is unclear as to how the police made this mistake, but they could have definitely avoided this situation entirely if they had done their homework to begin with.

The couple is stills wonders why the police could not have simply knocked on their door and asked a few questions rather than just barging in and hauling Garcia off to the station.

The San Francisco Police Department offered no comment other than the following:

“There was an individual detained, upon further investigation it was determined no criminal misconduct had occurred and the individual was released.”

Apple has offered no comment on the situation.

Garcia’s wrists were injured from the handcuffs, and is still affecting his work as he is an architect for a leading design firm in the area.

Via
Have your say

Stay in check with our daily burst of news stories delivered to your inbox.

Read more

WestJet to announce new 787 livery on February 28th

Travel - Something’s brewing up at WestJet. Employees at the Canadian carrier were teased about a new livery announcement set for February…

By - Feb 15, 2018 11:10pm AST

E-cigarette explodes in man’s pocket, causing second degree burns

Lifestyle - A Texas man has been left with second degree burns after his e-cigarette battery exploded in his pants pocket. The…

By - Feb 13, 2018 11:34pm AST

Instagram may soon notify you if someone snaps your Story

Social Media - If you’re a creeper, then you may be in for some bad news as Instagram is quietly testing a new…

By - Feb 12, 2018 9:10pm AST

Google to introduce iPhone X ‘notch’ support in future Android updates

Mobile - As part of Google’s continued effort to streamline the Android platform, they are once again targeting higher end iPhone customers…

By - Feb 12, 2018 8:27pm AST

Logan Paul’s YouTube ads suspended after he tased a dead rat and gave dead fish CPR

Social Media - Internet man child Logan Paul just can’t stop being an idiot. After taking some time off and posting an apology…

By - Feb 11, 2018 2:17am AST

The Samsung Galaxy S9 could start at $800+

Mobile - With every new flagship release, phone prices just seem to continually creep up and up over time. For instance, Apple’s…

By - Feb 8, 2018 4:42am AST

SpaceX nails tandem landing after successful Falcon Heavy test launch

Featured - What a time to be alive! Elon Musk and the team at SpaceX has set another major milestone by successfully…

By - Feb 7, 2018 1:38am AST

Video depicts drone flying dangerously close to aircraft

Transportation - Video of a drone flying dangerously close to an aircraft in Las Vegas has gone viral. The original clip was…

By - Feb 5, 2018 12:26am AST

PornHub to force UK viewers to give up their name, ID details and address to view content

Privacy/Security - If you fancy X-rated content but happen to live in the UK, some of your favourite sites will soon be…

By - Feb 1, 2018 10:19pm AST

Crypto mining hurting PC gaming; some retailers cracking down on miners

Featured - If you’re a hardcore PC gamer looking to build a rig right about now, you’re most likely going to be…

By - Jan 31, 2018 10:07pm AST