Would-be phone thief dies trying to rob former high school wrestler who 'held him in headlock so tight he choked to death'
By BETH STEBNER
A would-be robber got more than he bargained for when he jumped two college students.
Gian Davis, 30, approached the students early Saturday morning as they were walking down a street in Newark, New Jersey, and asked to borrow one of their cell phones so he could call a cab. Instead, he tried to steal it from him.
According to police, he confronted them at 1:30am, and was killed after one of the students – who was a high school wrestler – held him in a headlock so strong that he choked to death.
The Star-Ledger reports that the students were walking down Bloomfield Avenue when Davis approached them and asked to use their phone.
He said he wanted to call a cab, according to police reports.
When one of the students offered to call a cab for him, Davis said he wanted to shake his hand as a way to show his appreciation.
But instead, he reportedly snatched the student’s phone and hitting him on the head. That’s when the other student intervened and managed to get Davis in a hold.
Sources told NBCNewYork.com that he was in a headlock so strong that Davis apparently chocked to death.
After Davis was subdued, the two called the police.
When police arrived, all three men were at the scene of the crime, and police said in their report they found Davis ‘unresponsive,’ the Star-Ledger reported.
Officers who responded took Davis to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A cause of death was not immediately known and an investigation is on-going, Chief Assistant Essex County prosecutor Tom Fennelly told NBCNewYork.com. However, no charges have been filed.
Davis was previously arrested for aggravated assault and theft and was released from jail July 22 of last year.