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CLEVELAND, Ohio — A high school student, a bicyclist and another Good Samaritan are among those who sprang into action when a man was robbed of his iPhone outside the West Side Market Friday.

According to Cleveland police, it happened just before 11 a.m. The details were posted on the Second District Community Relations Committee’s Facebook Page Saturday.

An Ohio City resident was standing on the sidewalk outside the market talking on his cell phone when the suspect, Dejour Crawford, 21, of Cleveland, rode by on a bike and robbed him of the phone.

The suspect fled east across the Lorain-Carnegie bridge.

Unfortunately for him, a number of citizens got involved. One was a 17-year-old St. Ignatius High School senior who was returning to school from mass at St. John’s Cathedral.

The student followed the suspect in his personal vehicle while the victim chased him on foot. Another man gave chase on his bike.

Realizing he wasn’t going to escape, Crawford threw down the phone and continued to flee.

Meanwhile, a detective working security at the market heard about the robbery and commandeered a city-owned waste collection cart to find the victim and witnesses and collect information.

After sharing the details with other officers, the suspect was found by police and a K-9 officer on Woodland Avenue. Crawford was arrested and positively identified as the suspect.

He now faces a charge of robbery.