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Old August 1st 03, 08:59 PM
The Magnificent Bastard
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Default Teen abduction foiled by cell phone camera


Faddish phone helps boy fend off stranger


By JENNIFER V. HUGHES
STAFF WRITER - The Bergen Record
Friday, August 1, 2003

Clifton, New Jersey USA


When a stranger tried to lure a 15-year-old Clifton boy into his car,
the teen didn't panic.

Instead, he pulled out his camera cellphone, snapped pictures of the
stranger and his license plate, and later gave the evidence to the
police.

The next day, the alleged assailant was arrested.

"It's surprising the kid had the presence of mind to use the
technology under duress," said Clifton Detective Capt. Robert Rowan.

One spokeswoman for Sprint - whose phone the boy used - said she had
never heard of someone using the relatively new technology to foil a
criminal.

The teen, whose name was not released by police, was walking home
about 7 p.m. Tuesday on Main Avenue near Delawanna Avenue when the
stranger, later identified as William MacDonald, pulled up in a white
older-model Ford, Rowan said.

"He offered to drive the boy to Passaic to look for girls," said
Rowan. "He then started engaging in a sexually explicit conversation.
The kid naturally didn't want to have anything to do with the guy, but
he kept following him. The juvenile told him he wasn't interested and
had to go home."

At that point, the boy took the pictures, and MacDonald got out of his
car and grabbed the teen by the arm, bruising him, Rowan said.

"A struggle ensued and the kid was able to pull away and run," Rowan
said. The teen jumped on a nearby public bus and rode into Paterson,
where he called his brother - on the same cellphone. The brother
picked up the teen and took him to police.

The photo of the man wasn't perfect, but the license plate shot was
clear, Rowan said. Police traced the car to a man who was a friend of
the suspect, and then officers were directed to the Italian American
Co-op, a Parker Avenue social club, where MacDonald worked as a
bartender.

MacDonald, 59, of Passaic, was arrested about 8 p.m. Wednesday and
charged with attempting to lure a juvenile into a car, criminal
restraint, and disorderly persons simple assault. If convicted, he
could face up to five years in state prison. MacDonald is being held
on $25,000 bail. Clifton Lt. Richard Berdnik said the department is
looking to see if MacDonald might have tried to lure any other
children in the area.

"Past experience tells us that if an individual has done this once, it
may be a pattern," he said.

Although camera cellphones are wildly popular in parts of Europe and
Asia, they have been available in the United States for less than a
year, said Sprint spokeswoman Kathleen Dunleavy. Sprint has two
models, one costing $100 and one with a flash and zoom lens for $299.

According to news reports, the camera cellphones were banned near
courthouses in parts of England because people were snapping shots of
witnesses and police. In Australia, they were banned in pools and
recreation centers after someone took photos of young girls. Police in
Japan say they get camera cellphone pictures sent to them to aid in
investigations, news stories have reported. Dunleavy said she had not
heard of a Sprint product being used to assist law enforcement in the
United States, but said she was pleased the technology helped.

"I think it certainly shows a lot of ingenuity and fast thinking on
the part of the youth," she said.

Sprint does not release the number of camera cellphones sold for
competitive reasons, but Dunleavy said 11 million pictures have been
shared since the phones were launched a year ago.

Most people seem to use the phones to snap pictures of friends,
family, and pets, she said.

"People don't often leave the house with a camera, but it's rare that
someone leaves without their cellphone," she said. "Right now, we're
seeing more of the fun uses, friends on a vacation sending pictures to
their family, when you're on the street and see something kooky."
Asked whether the Clifton teen's incident might prompt youths to
petition their worried parents for camera cellphones of their own,
Dunleavy chuckled.

"We hope so," she said.

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Old August 2nd 03, 12:59 AM
Jason Lowe
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That is weird because the resolution on the camera phones are so bad,
its hard to understand the picture.

The Magnificent ******* wrote in article
:

Faddish phone helps boy fend off stranger


By JENNIFER V. HUGHES
STAFF WRITER - The Bergen Record
Friday, August 1, 2003

Clifton, New Jersey USA


When a stranger tried to lure a 15-year-old Clifton boy into his car,
the teen didn't panic.

Instead, he pulled out his camera cellphone, snapped pictures of the
stranger and his license plate, and later gave the evidence to the
police.

The next day, the alleged assailant was arrested.

"It's surprising the kid had the presence of mind to use the
technology under duress," said Clifton Detective Capt. Robert Rowan.

One spokeswoman for Sprint - whose phone the boy used - said she had
never heard of someone using the relatively new technology to foil a
criminal.

The teen, whose name was not released by police, was walking home
about 7 p.m. Tuesday on Main Avenue near Delawanna Avenue when the
stranger, later identified as William MacDonald, pulled up in a white
older-model Ford, Rowan said.

"He offered to drive the boy to Passaic to look for girls," said
Rowan. "He then started engaging in a sexually explicit conversation.
The kid naturally didn't want to have anything to do with the guy, but
he kept following him. The juvenile told him he wasn't interested and
had to go home."

At that point, the boy took the pictures, and MacDonald got out of his
car and grabbed the teen by the arm, bruising him, Rowan said.

"A struggle ensued and the kid was able to pull away and run," Rowan
said. The teen jumped on a nearby public bus and rode into Paterson,
where he called his brother - on the same cellphone. The brother
picked up the teen and took him to police.

The photo of the man wasn't perfect, but the license plate shot was
clear, Rowan said. Police traced the car to a man who was a friend of
the suspect, and then officers were directed to the Italian American
Co-op, a Parker Avenue social club, where MacDonald worked as a
bartender.

MacDonald, 59, of Passaic, was arrested about 8 p.m. Wednesday and
charged with attempting to lure a juvenile into a car, criminal
restraint, and disorderly persons simple assault. If convicted, he
could face up to five years in state prison. MacDonald is being held
on $25,000 bail. Clifton Lt. Richard Berdnik said the department is
looking to see if MacDonald might have tried to lure any other
children in the area.

"Past experience tells us that if an individual has done this once, it
may be a pattern," he said.

Although camera cellphones are wildly popular in parts of Europe and
Asia, they have been available in the United States for less than a
year, said Sprint spokeswoman Kathleen Dunleavy. Sprint has two
models, one costing $100 and one with a flash and zoom lens for $299.

According to news reports, the camera cellphones were banned near
courthouses in parts of England because people were snapping shots of
witnesses and police. In Australia, they were banned in pools and
recreation centers after someone took photos of young girls. Police in
Japan say they get camera cellphone pictures sent to them to aid in
investigations, news stories have reported. Dunleavy said she had not
heard of a Sprint product being used to assist law enforcement in the
United States, but said she was pleased the technology helped.

"I think it certainly shows a lot of ingenuity and fast thinking on
the part of the youth," she said.

Sprint does not release the number of camera cellphones sold for
competitive reasons, but Dunleavy said 11 million pictures have been
shared since the phones were launched a year ago.

Most people seem to use the phones to snap pictures of friends,
family, and pets, she said.

"People don't often leave the house with a camera, but it's rare that
someone leaves without their cellphone," she said. "Right now, we're
seeing more of the fun uses, friends on a vacation sending pictures to
their family, when you're on the street and see something kooky."
Asked whether the Clifton teen's incident might prompt youths to
petition their worried parents for camera cellphones of their own,
Dunleavy chuckled.

"We hope so," she said.


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Old August 2nd 03, 06:07 AM
Phil, Squid-in-Training
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"Jason Lowe" wrote in message
...
That is weird because the resolution on the camera phones are so bad,
its hard to understand the picture.


Usually when I take pictures of my ass, people can tell what it is. Well,
sometimes they think it's a pizza, but not usually.

--
Phil, Squid-in-Training


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Old August 3rd 03, 06:03 PM
Mike Callery
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Yeah, I agree, is the story accurate, staged, who knows.

Sprint and all their camera bull****, color phones that eat your battery
life and their stupid bells and whistles is exactly why I just moved from
five years of Sprint to my new Nextel i58sr.

300 minutes of talk time, incredible speaker phone, great organization to my
contacts and direct connect. This is what communication is about and why I
buy a cell phone, not taking a picture of a stupid dog with its hands on the
wheel.



"Cruz Gracia" wrote in message
. net...

"Phil, Squid-in-Training" wrote in message
. ..

"Jason Lowe" wrote in message
...
That is weird because the resolution on the camera phones are so bad,
its hard to understand the picture.


Usually when I take pictures of my ass, people can tell what it is.

Well,
sometimes they think it's a pizza, but not usually.

--
Phil, Squid-in-Training


Yet another idea to market camera-phones......lol.





  #5  
Old August 3rd 03, 06:27 PM
Carl.
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Yes, I can see it now:

TEEN KILLED BY CAMERA PHONE

New York, NY (Reuters) - Some kid tried to call 911 while they were being
kidnapped at 2:00 p.m. today, but because of the stupid color screen the
battery was dead, and they were molested and murdered.
In other news, some guy was also about to be kidnapped and called 911 on
his Nextel phone, which scared away the attackers. Unfortunately, a croud
sitting in front of a nearby Starbucks tackled the man and beat him to death
when someone shouted "Hey look, that guy has one of those ugly-ass squawky
Nextel phones!"

"Mike Callery" wrote in message
news:[email protected]
Yeah, I agree, is the story accurate, staged, who knows.

Sprint and all their camera bull****, color phones that eat your battery
life and their stupid bells and whistles is exactly why I just moved from
five years of Sprint to my new Nextel i58sr.

300 minutes of talk time, incredible speaker phone, great organization to

my
contacts and direct connect. This is what communication is about and why

I
buy a cell phone, not taking a picture of a stupid dog with its hands on

the
wheel.



"Cruz Gracia" wrote in message
. net...

"Phil, Squid-in-Training" wrote in message
. ..

"Jason Lowe" wrote in message
...
That is weird because the resolution on the camera phones are so

bad,
its hard to understand the picture.

Usually when I take pictures of my ass, people can tell what it is.

Well,
sometimes they think it's a pizza, but not usually.

--
Phil, Squid-in-Training


Yet another idea to market camera-phones......lol.







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  #6  
Old August 3rd 03, 06:32 PM
Mike Callery
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There's always an asshole in the group, and you definitely qualify.

"Carl." wrote in message
...
Yes, I can see it now:

TEEN KILLED BY CAMERA PHONE

New York, NY (Reuters) - Some kid tried to call 911 while they were being
kidnapped at 2:00 p.m. today, but because of the stupid color screen the
battery was dead, and they were molested and murdered.
In other news, some guy was also about to be kidnapped and called 911

on
his Nextel phone, which scared away the attackers. Unfortunately, a croud
sitting in front of a nearby Starbucks tackled the man and beat him to

death
when someone shouted "Hey look, that guy has one of those ugly-ass squawky
Nextel phones!"

"Mike Callery" wrote in message
news:[email protected]
Yeah, I agree, is the story accurate, staged, who knows.

Sprint and all their camera bull****, color phones that eat your battery
life and their stupid bells and whistles is exactly why I just moved

from
five years of Sprint to my new Nextel i58sr.

300 minutes of talk time, incredible speaker phone, great organization

to
my
contacts and direct connect. This is what communication is about and

why
I
buy a cell phone, not taking a picture of a stupid dog with its hands on

the
wheel.



"Cruz Gracia" wrote in message
. net...

"Phil, Squid-in-Training" wrote in message
. ..

"Jason Lowe" wrote in message
...
That is weird because the resolution on the camera phones are so

bad,
its hard to understand the picture.

Usually when I take pictures of my ass, people can tell what it is.

Well,
sometimes they think it's a pizza, but not usually.

--
Phil, Squid-in-Training


Yet another idea to market camera-phones......lol.







---
Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free.
Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com).
Version: 6.0.506 / Virus Database: 303 - Release Date: 8/1/2003




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Old August 3rd 03, 07:17 PM
BigMike
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Limited reasoning?

Last I checked, this was a Nextel group so if you really don't like those of
us who are pro Nextel, anti-Sprint or someone else, you most certainly can
view their newsgroups for all I care.

I've been loyal to Sprint for years. I don't think the cameras are a bad
idea, I just don't care for them to basically force their vision bull**** on
every customer out there, and they are pretty much doing that.

Innovation is great, but there still needs to be the overwhelming need to
communicate. If Sprint offered some good, strong battery life phones with
as good a quality level and organizational level as the Motorola i58sr, I
think I never would have left. Their plans are better, their area of
service is better, but when I have to have a charger at home, at work, and
keep a spare battery around so that when I do anything more than stay in
standby mode, its a little bit ridiculous.

"Bob Smith" wrote in message
ink.net...
Mike Callery wrote:
Yeah, I agree, is the story accurate, staged, who knows.

Sprint and all their camera bull****, color phones that eat your
battery life and their stupid bells and whistles is exactly why I
just moved from five years of Sprint to my new Nextel i58sr.

300 minutes of talk time, incredible speaker phone, great
organization to my contacts and direct connect. This is what
communication is about and why I buy a cell phone, not taking a
picture of a stupid dog with its hands on the wheel.


You may not appreciate camera phones, but quite a few of us do and we
appreciate every new inovation to use for business and personal use. With
your kind of limited reasoning on how to communicate, we probably wouldn't
have invented fax, wi-fi, IM, internet, etc.

Bob




  #8  
Old August 3rd 03, 07:26 PM
Carl.
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You have no sense of humor.

"Mike Callery" wrote in message
news:[email protected]
There's always an asshole in the group, and you definitely qualify.

"Carl." wrote in message
...
Yes, I can see it now:

TEEN KILLED BY CAMERA PHONE

New York, NY (Reuters) - Some kid tried to call 911 while they were

being
kidnapped at 2:00 p.m. today, but because of the stupid color screen the
battery was dead, and they were molested and murdered.
In other news, some guy was also about to be kidnapped and called

911
on
his Nextel phone, which scared away the attackers. Unfortunately, a

croud
sitting in front of a nearby Starbucks tackled the man and beat him to

death
when someone shouted "Hey look, that guy has one of those ugly-ass

squawky
Nextel phones!"

"Mike Callery" wrote in message
news:[email protected]
Yeah, I agree, is the story accurate, staged, who knows.

Sprint and all their camera bull****, color phones that eat your

battery
life and their stupid bells and whistles is exactly why I just moved

from
five years of Sprint to my new Nextel i58sr.

300 minutes of talk time, incredible speaker phone, great organization

to
my
contacts and direct connect. This is what communication is about and

why
I
buy a cell phone, not taking a picture of a stupid dog with its hands

on
the
wheel.



"Cruz Gracia" wrote in message
. net...

"Phil, Squid-in-Training" wrote in message
. ..

"Jason Lowe" wrote in message
...
That is weird because the resolution on the camera phones are so

bad,
its hard to understand the picture.

Usually when I take pictures of my ass, people can tell what it

is.
Well,
sometimes they think it's a pizza, but not usually.

--
Phil, Squid-in-Training


Yet another idea to market camera-phones......lol.







---
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Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com).
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Old August 3rd 03, 07:58 PM
lars
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BigMike wrote:
Limited reasoning?

Last I checked, this was a Nextel group so if you really don't like
those of us who are pro Nextel, anti-Sprint or someone else, you most
certainly can view their newsgroups for all I care.



FYI.. this is being crossposted to other groups in addition to nextel....

alt.cellular,alt.cellular.nextel,alt.law-enforcement,alt.cellular.sprintpcs


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Old August 3rd 03, 08:04 PM
BTR1701
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In article [email protected], "BigMike"
wrote:

Limited reasoning?

Last I checked, this was a Nextel group so if you really don't like those
of us who are pro Nextel, anti-Sprint or someone else, you most certainly
can view their newsgroups for all I care.

I've been loyal to Sprint for years. I don't think the cameras are a bad
idea, I just don't care for them to basically force their vision bull****
on every customer out there, and they are pretty much doing that.


Really? They come to your house and drag you to the store and make you
buy things?

That *is* terrible. I agree, that should stop.
 




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