Man charged after stealing Lone Star College student's phone and dragging victim along with car

CYPRESS, Texas (KTRK) -- A man has been charged for stealing a Lone Star College student's phone, then dragging him outside a car for several feet.

Damon Wattel Jr. has been charged with the robbery that happened Dec. 14 at Lone Star College's Cy-Fair campus.

"He could've hurt me a lot worse than he did," Cesar Bravo said. "We don't know what he's capable of. I got lucky to get away with just a couple bruises and scratches."

Bravo said he was meeting a friend on campus when a blue Nissan Sentra approached.

"The guy pulled up on this side," Bravo said. "He said, 'Hey, I'm a student here at Lone Star. Could you please help me out? I just need to use your phone real quick.'"

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Man charged with dragging Lone Star College student

In a matter of moments, the suspect grabbed the phone and took off, but Bravo didn't let go.

"The entire time I was just hanging on to the steering wheel, and my arms were inside," Bravo said.

After the car stopped, Bravo says he kicked the driver, but that's when the people inside turned physical.

"The driver hit me multiple times on my cheek, and then the guy in the back, he scratched my face," Bravo said.

Bravo received scratches on his face and a swollen cheek and neck.

"After the fact, I realized it wasn't such a smart idea because I wasn't sure if he had a gun or a knife," Bravo said.

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iPhone thief drags victim with car at Lone Star College

Lone Star College said the incident happened December 14th, around 12:30 p.m. It said there were two males and two females in the car.

After reporting it to the college, the school sent out a crime alert.

Bravo said after Eyewitness ran the original story, he received an anonymous call.

"I believe it was two days after everything that had happened," Bravo said. It was someone who said that he knew the guy and he was willing to help me out because what he did wasn't nice."

Bravo called police.

Court records show both Bravo and a witness identified Wattell.

The suspects stole Bravo's new $1,000 iPhone X.

One piece of technology the suspects didn't steal was his $20 dash cam, which captured the incident.

"It can save your butt a lot of times," Bravo said. "If someone tries to do a fraud on you by hitting your car, by saying it was your fault, this will cover you. If someone is trying to hit you or jump you, this will cover you."

As for his iPhone X, Bravo said insurance will cover a new device.

"That makes me feel a little bit better, but I still want to see this guy in court," Bravo said.

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