Cuyahoga County

Cleveland's 'Find My iPhone' robber sentenced to 9 years in prison


CLEVELAND, Ohio — The West Side armed robber captured after his teenage victims used the Find My iPhone app was sentenced Wednesday to nine years in prison.

Justin Ramos, 26, of Walton Hills, pleaded guilty last month to aggravated robbery charges for robbing three teenage boys at gunpoint on Cleveland's West Side last November.

Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge Joseph D. Russo gave Ramos a consecutive sentence on the three robberies, citing repeat robbery, theft and drug offenses dating back to high school.

Ramos' family members in the courtroom, who spoke on his behalf at the sentencing hearing, gasped when they heard the sentence. He will remain behind bars until he is 35 years old.

His stepmother told the judge that Ramos had been on and off psychoactive medication since he was young. He was medicated for ADHD when he was a child and, and attended the Lawrence School for learning disabled children, but asked his mother to go to public school as he got older.

"He wanted to go to a public school with boys on the street, and he wanted to hang with them," she said. "When he is on his meds he is a totally different person than when he is off them."

On Nov. 29, 2015, three teenage boys were walking home from a friend's house on Delora Avenue when Ramos stopped them near Fulton Street and asked for their money and iPhones.

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