He Had a Rape Bag. She Had a Watch

And that Apple Watch did one thing very well
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2019 6:00 PM CDT
Smart Watch Saves 3 Lives
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Looks like the Apple Watch came in handy for three people in dire straits. One, dubbed Anna by CBC News, awoke in her Calgary apartment in April to find a dark figure moving around. Per court testimony Tuesday, John Joseph Macindoe had broken in with a "rape bag" including pliers, a buck knife, lubricant, condoms, bondage straps, duct tape, Benadryl, and a ball gag. Anna feverishly texted her boyfriend on her Apple Watch to call 911, then pretended to be asleep while Macindoe hovered so close she could feel his breath, per the Calgary Herald. Luckily the police showed up in 15 minutes and pounded on the door. Macindoe has pleaded guilty to several charges including intent to commit sexual assault.

Another hair-raiser involves two New Jersey hikers who slid down a cliff last week, NBC News reports. James Prudenciano, 28, and his date Paige Paruso were hiking on a mountain trail in Hartshorne Woods Park when she slipped on vines and couldn't get back over an incline. Trying to rescue her, Prudenciano also got stuck, so they followed their training and slid down the mountain—but went farther than expected and landed hard on a ledge. That's when Prudenciano's Apple Watch detected the fall and automatically called 911. "I was screaming that I'm going to die because I really felt I was going to die," he tells News 12 New Jersey. Three agencies responded and rescued the pair. Prudenciano had a fractured back and other injuries, while Paruso suffered minor injuries. (Read more Apple Watch stories.)

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