The incident happened in the city of Darica, Gebze. Gonen was examining the phone that he had just bought for 150 YTL (his first ever mobile telephone), when a 20-year-old youth approached him and snatched his telephone away.
The thief, who is part of a gang of thieves working the area where the incident happened, escaped in a waiting car that was identified as being a white Renault.
According to Gönen?s brother the event occurred this way, "Amongst the thieves, one snatched the phone while another waited in the car and another watched. While my brother tried to get his mobile phone back, they dragged him with the car and then later killed him with a knife."