Suspect in cellphone robbery arrested after stolen phone captures face, location

by: Chris Legeros Updated:


Auburn, Wash. - Kailen Hall, 26, is in jail for investigation of robbery in the second degree. Jeremy Risinger said Hall grabbed his cell phone on a street corner in Auburn last Saturday and then threatened to pull out a gun and shoot him. Risinger said, "it just upset me, because I don't take to threats kindly."

 He was more angry than scared, but quickly got his revenge. Risinger bought a new Samsung Galaxy smartphone and pulled up an ap he subscribed to called Look Out Mobile Security. The ap had snapped Hall's photo with the stolen phone when it sensed someone was trying to unlock it. It also gave Risinger the location where the picture was taken, within a few feet of Hall's apartment. Then Risinger went to his own Dropbox site on the web, where every photo taken with the stolen phone was automatically uploaded. There he found 39 still images and a couple of videos that were presumably taken by the guy who robbed him. Risinger said, "I started laughing really hard out loud and I was just like, what an idiot, I can't believe I actually got it."

Auburn police recognized the face in many of the pictures, because they've arrested Kailen Hall before. They simply went to his apartment and arrested him again. He's now being held in the jail at the Regional Justice Center in Kent. His bail has been set at 100-thousand dollars.


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