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Another man charged in downtown Minneapolis cell phone theft ring

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Minneapolis man is the latest person to be charged in a "cell phone theft ring" that has been plaguing the downtown night-life scene since last year.

Ryan Edward Matthews, 34, is accused of approaching a man outside Cowboy Jack's on the night of June 28, and with the help of at least one co-defendant, taking the man's phone by force.

According to a criminal complaint, Matthews and another suspect approached the victim and asked to use his phone. The man complied, unlocked his phone and handed it to Matthews, at which point he was punched in the face, "causing a black eye and a cut."


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