Killeen: Man uses ‘Find My iPhone’ to help police track down robber

James Antonio Pradia. (Jail photo)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A Central Texas man who was robbed of his wallet and cell phone Saturday in Killeen while on his way to meet someone he met through a dating app used the “Find My iPhone” feature to help police track down the robber, an arrest warrant affidavit released Wednesday says.

James Antonio Pradia, 27, of Killeen, remains in the Bell County Jail charged with aggravated robbery in connection with the incident.

His bond is set at $100,000.

The victim told officers he was walking through the Summerlyn apartment complex Saturday when a man confronted him, displayed a semi-automatic firearm, ‘cocked’ it, and told him to lie on the ground,” the affidavit says.

Other individuals appeared and took his wallet and phone.

The victim later accessed his iTunes account and activated the “Find My iPhone” function, the affidavit says.

“Officers tracked the phone to a moving vehicle and conducted a traffic stop,” the affidavit says.

Four people were in the vehicle including Pradia.

Pradia was identified and released, but later contacted an officers and asked to talk to detectives, the affidavit says.

He told officers “he had confronted (the victim) at the Summerlyn Apartments and demanded his property,” the affidavit said.

“He stated he did not have a firearm, but pretended he did to place (the victim) in fear for his safety,” the affidavit said.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for Pradia’s home and recovered the stolen property, the affidavit says.