Student’s Phone Stops Bullet During Robbery

A student’s phone prevented a bullet from entering his leg when a thief shot at him on the night of August 31.

Some people complain about kids being attached to their phones at the hip, but that situation saved one student from getting shot recently.

A Fresno State student’s phone stopped a bullet during a robbery on August 31.

The student was outside of his home in the Campus Edge Apartments of Fresno when a masked man confronted him, stealing his backpack and firing one shot. The student’s phone, predictably resting in his pocket, was in the path of the bullet and prevented it from entering his leg, according to

Police are investigating the incident and searching for the thief, who got away with the student’s laptop.

Check out the slideshow of the fortunately placed phone!

The thief is believed to have slipped through the open gates of the apartment complex and followed the student home. A nearby resident told reporters the gates have been open for the past few weeks in the gang-troubled neighborhood formerly known as “Sin City.”

The owner of the apartments acknowledged there was a problem with the gate’s card reader but assured residents the problem has been fixed and the gates now lock properly. The owner also told residents he is looking to improve lighting outside the apartments and add surveillance cameras.

Fresno State has offered the student counseling but the student reportedly told his roommate he’s never coming back to the school.

The accompanying slideshow breaks down the bullet’s trajectory.

About the Author


Zach Winn is a journalist living in the Boston area. He was previously a reporter for Wicked Local and graduated from Keene State College in 2014, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism and minoring in political science.

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