Couple Accused In Botched iPhone Theft
South Florida Crime
FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A North Lauderdale woman and her husband are accused of attacking a man after an alleged attempt to steal his iPhone didn’t go as they planned.
Clarissa Menken, 26, and Neil Heckart, 29, went to the parking lot of the Target store on Sunrise Boulevard where they have promised to pay their intended victim $500 for an iPhone 5, according to Sunrise police.
During the conversation, Heckart asked if he could show his wife the phone, Menken was sitting in the passenger seat of their car. When he handed over the phone, Heckart reportedly got back in the car and tried to drive off. That’s when the man partially jumped in the passenger side window and tried to get his phone back.
According to the arrest report “Heckart tried to run the victim’s dangling legs into parked cars. The victim pleaded with Heckart, ‘Please, stop the car, I have a family’.”
At one point, Heckart grabbed a knife from his waistband and threatened to stab the man saying, “I’m going to kill you.” When Heckart stopped the car, the man’s wife ran up and tried to grab the knife from him, according to the report. Police said she was only able to dig her nails into his arm before he drove off again.
A witness called police.
According to police, Heckart crashed the car into a palm tree as he tried to leave the shopping center’s parking lot. The couple’s intended victim was able to get out the car, but not before being slashed in the right hand and lower right leg. They then drove off and abandoned the car at the Allegro Townhomes on NW 126th Avenue. They then made their way by foot to the nearby Flamingo Bay housing community.
Police said as more officers arrived, police used K9s to track Heckart and Menken down and take them into custody.
Both have been charged with armed robbery and inflicting bodily harm during a kidnapping. Heckart faces an additional charge of aggravated battery.