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MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Recently released body camera footage captured the moment Miami Beach police arrested a suspect accused of dragging a woman from her car and fleeing in her vehicle after officers tracked him down using the victim's stolen phone.

According to police, the incident occurred on May 20 at 8 p.m. downtown next to the convention center, not far from Miami Beach City Hall, near Washington Avenue and 20th Street.

In footage from a police body camera, obtained exclusively by 7News, the woman can be seen crying as she tells police what happened.

“I screamed and screamed, and then he pulled and pushed me out of the car,” the victim said.

The police report states that it was a “robbery/car theft [where] The female victim was pulled from her vehicle by a male offender and thrown to the ground. The man fled in the victim's vehicle.”

The victim described her encounter with the suspect.

“I was standing at a red light talking on the phone. He had my cell phone and my purse and said, 'Get out of the car!' I thought he was going to rape me!” said the victim.

A Good Samaritan who was on the scene saw the suspect dragging the victim from her car.

“I see him tearing her out,” said the Good Samaritan.

Apart from minor injuries and shock, the victim was fine and was able to give officers important information about the perpetrator and the car he stole.

The bodycam footage also shows the Good Samaritan helping the police.

“All I see is him pulling her out of the car,” said the Good Samaritan.

“I immediately heard screaming,” said another witness.

While the police were searching for the car thief, they came up with an idea how to find the suspected car thief.

“Do you remember your iCloud login information so we can try to locate your phone?” an officer said.

Since the woman's iPhone was also stolen, police were able to track her phone using the Find My iPhone app, which provided live GPS updates.

The GPS led police to the 300 block of 41st Street, where they found 29-year-old Alfred Hall.

“You fit the exact description of the person we're looking for, man,” an officer said.

Police at the scene continued to use the app to connect to the victim's stolen phone.

“Our phone is beeping,” said an officer.

The victim's children then appeared on the home screen of one of the three phones Hall had in his possession.

Hall was then handcuffed and arrested.

The arrest was partly facilitated by the app on the victim's phone.

The victim's purse was found near the car discovery site in Mid-Beach.

She suffered injuries to her neck, chest, arm and hand.

Hall is charged with robbery and auto theft. His case is still pending.

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