SALT LAKE CITY — A South Salt Lake City police officer has broken up a physical altercation that stemmed from an iPhone sale gone awry.
On Friday, May 13, Constable M. Haggard of the South Salt Lake City Police Department was notified of the incident in a parking lot. According to a probable cause affidavit, Haggard saw two men in a physical altercation. A man was trying to leave in a vehicle. He was later identified as the suspect, John Iten.
The battle over the sale of the iPhone
According to police, Iten was selling two iPhones to the victim.
“Iten produced a SIM card which the victim placed in his own phone. The victim believed Iten had used the SIM card to steal personal information and an argument ensued,” Haggard said in the probable cause affidavit.
After the argument, the victim told Iten that he was going to call the police. Iten attempted to flee but was stopped by the victim.
“…in the process Iten placed both hands around the victim’s neck, thumbs on the trachea and applied pressure,” Haggard said.
The victim told police she became dizzy and unable to breathe. He punched Iten in the head to get his hands out of his throat.
According to the affidavit, Iten faces a charge of aggravated assault.