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Police: Dad of 7 robbed for iPhone, dragged to death by teen girls

An Illinois man was dragged to his death last month and according to recently-revealed court documents, it was all over an iPhone.

ABC 7 reports that three teens were charged in the death of a dad of seven children after they robbed him in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago, on April 24. The incident took place at a Round Lake Beach Meijer store parking lot, where Javier Bueno, 43, met the suspects to sell them an iPhone 6. Bueno met the girls and set up the transaction via the “Offer Up” app, where he listed the phone for sale at $450.

According to Round Lake Beach police, Bueno handed the phone to a car full of five teenagers, who handed him an envelope with cash in it. When Bueno realized the envelope contained only a few dollars, he confronted them while leaning into the car window. The driver immediately sped away, dragging Bueno before he fell and hit his head on the pavement. He was rushed to an emergency room but died a week later.

Round Lake Beach Police Chief Michael Scott said that Bueno initially met the girls at the front door of the Meijer store before walking to the car to complete the sales transaction.

“He met with them at the front door, he took what I call necessary precautions: doing this during daylight, in a well-populated area in front of the business.”

Courtney Sherman, 18, the only adult in the car, was in the passenger seat and reportedly was the one that handed Bueno the envelope. The rest of the suspects’ names are not being disclosed because of their age. Sherman, along with two 16-year-old girls, were arrested and charged with reckless homicide and robbery. Sherman was taken to jail and held on a $500,000 bond, while the two younger teens were taken to the Depke Juvenile Complex Center in Vernon Hills. However, authorities indicated that the younger teens will likely be charged as adults.

The other teens in the car were not charged.

Meanwhile, Tina Rompala, a family friend, set up a GoFundMe campaign for Bueno, to help offset funeral and burial costs. Bueno is survived by his wife, seven children, and four grandkids.

[Feature Photo: Family Handout]