A man was arrested in Kodiak after allegedly attacking another man and stealing his phone. 

Jason Murphy is charged with felony robbery in the second degree and misdemeanor assault in the fourth degree. 

On July 26 at approximately 9:28 p.m., the Kodiak Police Department received a 911 call reporting that there was a fight between two people, and that someone had possibly stolen a phone. 

Arriving officers were approached by a man who said the victim had flagged him down and told him that a man, later identified as Murphy, had kicked him and stolen his phone.

The man told the victim to show him who Murphy was, and proceeded to chase him, with his son also joining in the pursuit. While fleeing from the father-and-son duo, Murphy dropped the phone.

After police arrived, the man who had given chase found Murphy standing by the dock, near where he had pursued him, and pointed him out to the officers. 

Officers detained Murphy for further investigation. 

The victim told officers that as he was walking down the street, Murphy assaulted him by punching him once in the arm and kicking his legs. During the attack, the victim dropped his new Apple iPhone 11, valued at $1,100. Murphy allegedly picked up the phone and ran away. 

Murphy was arrested and transported to the Kodiak Jail. While in jail he said he wanted to talk to the police about the incident and told officers that he had heard voices telling him to “do this one,” and he had then kicked the man. 

When he saw the man drop his iPhone, he reportedly told the police that he picked it up with the intention of keeping it. 

His next court date is on August 6 at 2:45 p.m. 

Under Alaska state law, a class B felony is punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000.

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