A San Francisco lawyer brokered a hell of a deal Thursday night.
Leaving his downtown office, business litigator David Newdorf of Newdorf Legal fell prey to a band of cell phone thieves. But he proved quick on his feet.
Newdorf was headed to the Ferry Building from Montgomery Street just after 5 p.m. when he felt an arm around his neck. A second man snatched his phone from his hand.
The thieves -- whose first mistake was taking his "crappy two-year old Motorola Droid" instead of the $500 iPad 2 in his other hand -- had targeted a former marathon runner.
"I was wearing a suit and, fortunately, Rockport shoes," Newdorf said, so he sprinted after them.
When he caught up with them outside a coffeehouse at Market Street, "we were circling around benches -- sort of like a stand off." He was hollering for police and finally, Newdorf says, he made eye contact with the teen holding his phone who eventually "gave up and handed it over."
"It was not Chuck Norris," says Newdorf, a 50-year-old of average size. "It was more like Alan Dershowitz. It was all Jedi mind control and scaring."
With cell phone back in his possession, Newdorf snapped pictures of the teens (see above!). And when they took off, he again gave chase.
At some point, a third teen -- the largest of the bunch -- appeared and told the lawyer, "stop following my homies or I'll fuck you up."
Newdorf was undeterred, keeping after them while simultaneously feeding police dispatchers details.
Police later caught the three teens, and Newdorf IDed them as his muggers -- and later tweeted his triumph.The thieves face potential felony beefs. Will he refer able counsel?
"I would recommend, given the strength of the case, they either get John Keker or Cris Arguedas," Newdorf deadpanned. For the third suspect, he added, "I recommend the lesser known but very good Jai Gohel."