How much ransom money would you pay to get your cell phone back from a robber?
Perhaps $50 or $100 — maybe more if the phone were equipped with all the latest features.
But not a whopping $185,000.
Believe it or not, that was the initial amount an alleged purse snatcher told his victim he wanted in return for her cell phone, Lancaster police said.
After a few minutes of negotiating with the victim, the robber lowered his ransom figure dramatically — down to $200.
But the victim, a 29-year-old Philadelphia woman, got her phone back — and her stolen purse — without paying a single cent.
That's because Lancaster police listened to the negotiations and met the alleged robber at a rendezvous point with drawn guns.
The suspect, Randy-Jay Adolphos Jones, 29, of 2565 Ironville Pike, Columbia, was arrested on charges of robbery and indecent assault with his bail set at $100,000, police said.