A man stopped an attempted thief from stealing his iPhone on Madison's west side Wednesday by punching the phone-snatcher in the face, according to a release .
The Madison Police Department said a 20-year-old Madison man was texting as he walked near Elver Park on McKenna Boulevard at 12:25 p.m. when a young man approached him.
As the man with the iPhone nodded a greeting, the other man grabbed for the phone and the two tugged the electronic device back and forth, police said. The phone-snatcher began pushing the iPhone owner's face with the open hand of his free arm.
The man told police he "got tired of tussling" and punched the attempted thief in the face, the report said." The blow brought the suspect to the ground and halted the robbery attempt.
The attempted thief fled, cursing at the iPhone owner who ran in the opposite direction toward the police department's West District station about a block away, the report said.