Police are searching for the California woman who allegedly robbed a high school student of her iPhone and then used the device to take a series of “selfie” photos that were automatically uploaded to the victim’s cloud storage account.
The “selfies” helped El Cerrito Police Department investigators identify Tasja Dowell, 18, as the assailant who attacked the victim earlier this month.
Cops charge that Dowell approached the El Cerrito High School student around 12:40 PM on November 5 and demanded that she hand over her phone and backpack. Dowell, police say, accosted the victim after exiting a vehicle containing several males.
When the student refused to give up the belongings, Dowell knocked her to the ground with several punches to the head. Dowell then dragged the unconscious victim “a short distance by her backpack” before fleeing in the getaway car, according to police.