HTC EVO 3D saves a man’s life, stops a bullet fired during attempted robbery

by: Andrew GrushOctober 29, 2013


Today’s smartphones are more than just a piece of electronic equipment, they often are an all-in-one tool for business, entertainment and so much more. In rare occasions, they can even prove to be lifesavers.

Today a news report arrived by way of CNN about a gas station clerk in Orange County, Florida who survived an attempted robbery thanks to his HTC Evo 3D. According to the report, the suspect fired off one bullet while leaving the crime scene after the clerk unsuccessfully attempted to unlock the store’s safe at the command of the would-be thief.

After the suspect took off, emergency services arrived and the clerk complained of chest pain – unaware that the stray bullet had actually hit him in the chest!

Lucky, the only damage received by the clerk seems to be some bruising from the impact of the bullet hitting the phone in his shirt pocket. As you can see in the picture above, the phone wasn’t so lucky and was completely destroyed due to the bullet’s impact.

This is far from the first time we’ve heard of a phone saving someone’s life, with reports of flip-phones doing a similar deed going back years. What’s most interesting though is that this is the second known report involving an HTC handset – with the first being an incident in 2011 where a Droid Incredible resting a shirt pocket saved a valet’s life.

Morale of the story: maybe the shirt pocket is a good place to keep your phone after all?

On a side note, if HTC wants to score some good PR here, they’d be wise to contact the attempted robbery victim and gift him a newer HTC handset to replace his now defunct Evo 3D.

  • +1 HTC! :)

  • Noah Stelte

    2 jokes:

    The bloatware must have stopped the bullet….

    That bullet was coming @ him in 3D!

    • Ruz


    • Gary


  • Mayoo

    Helps To Cover

    Next hot feature will be “bulletproof”. Just look at the next Nexus iteration (after 5)

  • Zam

    A bullet will kill him fast but keeping a mobile phone in his chest pocket will kill him slowly………….

    • Pradeeban

      Thats deep bro..

  • MasterMuffin

    That bullet must have been fired from pretty far or the pistol was really small. Anyway lucky guy, that would have hit either heart or lung!
    Aaand HTC’ PR team should really wake up and give him an HTC One!

    • Amine Elouakil

      lol The EVO 3D is like what 12 mm thick (one of thickest HTC Phones ever thanks to it stereoscopic cameras) and has an aluminium chassis underneath, if it is 9mm pistole, a point blank or a few meters shot woudn’t make a difference xD

      • MasterMuffin

        12mm? Wow :D

      • nishantsirohi123

        at point blank the impact of a gunshot is very strong, enough to injure a person, even on a bullet proof jacket
        the bullet must have been shot from a distance

      • Lamapunk

        Hardly the thickest… Evo Shift, myTouch 3g and 4g slide, Hero, Magic. The list goes on and on m8.

        • Amine Elouakil

          1- I didn’t say the thickes but one of the thickest.
          2- Phones with physical keyboard aren’t in the same category as the EVO 3D and older phones.

  • Blair “r000t” Strater

    Adam West was quoted as saying “I’m warning you… I have a bullet proof shield the exact size of a cell phone, hidden somewhere on my body, and if you hit it, your entire plan will be foiled, and you’ll be the laughing stock of me!”

  • rijoenpial

    If it was an iPhone, the bullet would completely miss the phone itself… HAHAHAHAHA See, big phones can save your hide… Cheers

  • yama

    From now on we will all buy htc evo 3D and our lives will be saved from this “everysecondhappening” pistolshots!

    • Amine Elouakil

      Kevlar builet prof jackets are expensive, they should just get jackets with a couple of pockets and some HTC phones in them lol.

      • MasterMuffin

        Or if you want a really cheap bullet proof jacket, make it out of Nokias!

        • Amine Elouakil

          Nokia is considerate as mass destruction weapons especially the 3200 or 3300

      • Noah Stelte

        Nokia would have saved his life for sure… and fired back at the robber…

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    • Farbod

      if it were a nokia, the bullet would have bounced back and killed the shooter. xD

  • DroidBricker

    Evo 3D?! He was way overdue for an upgrade!

    • Lamapunk

      Hell no… I’m on my second Evo 3D now. And if this one goes I will get a 3rd one. I love this phone LTE be damned.

  • Pradeeban

    My teaser jokes:

    if this was your iPad Air or Iphone 5/5s..,,… No worries! they have Springboard
    if it was iphone 4, the bullet would have lagged of that slow iOS7.
    If it was Samsung Galaxy Round the ’round’ would have rounded off!


  • dejan 98

    HTC EVO 3D Rooks <3!

  • Ruz

    It must be a duplicate bullet or the one which kids play in the garden

    • nishantsirohi123

      yeah indeed. had it been an iphone you would call it a bazooka

  • Danny Medina

    I Wonder if my HTC One is bullet proof too lol

  • deV14nt

    Aww…looks like someone dropped their iPhone off the table.

    Ohh…it’s not an iPhone.
    Ohh…that was from stopping a freaking bullet.

    Well it looks the same anyway.

  • jjordan

    I would really like to know if HTC contacts this guy and replaces his phone for him…this has been a huge positive story for them.