Kennewick man arrested in theft

By Paula Horton, Herald staff writer January 7, 2012 

A Kennewick man was arrested after being found with a cellphone swiped during a home-invasion robbery last month, thanks to an "app" that helped the victim track his stolen iPhone, authorities said.

Mark Anthony Williams Jr., 31, is being held in the Benton County jail for investigation of first-degree trafficking in stolen property.

Kennewick police detectives arrested Williams on Thursday after tracking him to a home in the 1800 block of West Park Street, Benton County District Court documents said.

Detectives had been investigating a home-invasion robbery that occurred Dec. 16 at an apartment on North Arthur Street.

The victims said three men forced their way into the apartment and ordered the couple who live there and a visiting friend onto the floor at gunpoint, documents said.

The couple's young child was taken from the father's arms and the victims were bound with duct tape, documents said.

The suspects demanded to know where the father kept money and marijuana, police said. The couple cooperated with the suspects out of fear for the child, documents said.

The suspects left with cash, medical marijuana, two cellphones and a watch.

One phone was an iPhone 4S, and the owner was able to remotely put a block on the phone, making it useless to the suspects, documents said.

The other phone was a HTC HD T-mobile phone, but the owner of that phone was not able to lock it.

The victim with the iPhone reported that the "app" on his phone was able to report the phone's location when the phone was turned on. On Dec. 24-25, the victim was alerted to four different locations where the phone was, documents said.

Kennewick detectives found a witness at one of the reported locations who said they saw Williams with a HTC HD phone and a new iPhone, documents said.

The witness said Williams said he found the iPhone but couldn't get it unlocked. The witness also said Williams always had the two phones with him, documents said.

After Williams was arrested, the HTC was found but required a pass code to use. Detectives contacted the victim, who provided the code to unlock the phone, documents said.

The iPhone was not located.

Williams allegedly told detectives he knew both phones were stolen and he was trying to sell them. He said he could not unlock the iPhone, so he threw it away along Highway 240, documents said.

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