Old Town man charged after phone theft victim fights back, police say

Monty Morgan | CPD

Update November 20, 2020 — Monty Morgan pleaded guilty to one count of robbery in exchange for a sentence of two year’s probation, according to court records.


A 19-year-old Old Town man’s face wound up worse for wear after he allegedly stole a phone that he had arranged to purchase.

Police said Monty Morgan and a 36-year-old Bridgeport man agreed to meet in the 1200 block of North Larrabee so Morgan could purchase the other guy’s $900 iPhone. But, when the two got together around 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 8th, Morgan took the phone and ran away, the alleged victim said.

The alleged victim tackled Morgan in a nearby parking lot, and a fight broke out. Police said Morgan punched the man repeatedly in the face, prompting the alleged victim to “defend himself.” The victim suffered a bloody nose, bruising, and a bite to the back of his left arm, police said.

And Morgan’s mugshot shows he was not unscathed.

Meanwhile, a witnessed jumped into the fray and helped hold Morgan down until police arrived.

Prosecutors charged Morgan with felony theft and misdemeanor battery. Judge John Lyke released him on a recognizance bond with electronic monitoring.

Police said the phone was never found.

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