Killeen: Man tracked down with iPhone app after holdup indicted

James Antonio Pradia. (Jail photo)
James Antonio Pradia. (Jail photo)(KWTX)
Published: Mar. 20, 2019 at 3:47 PM CDT
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A Killeen man tracked down through an iPhone app after another man was robbed of his wallet and cell phone at gunpoint was indicted Wednesday.

James Antonio Pradia, 27, was named in an indictment charging aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

He remains in the Bell County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

The victim told officers he was walking through the Summerlyn apartment complex on Oct, 20, 2018 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.