North Charleston police officers say an argument between former lovers about a cellphone escalated to a robbery Wednesday afternoon.

The incident, which happened about 1:30 p.m. at an Atlantic Palms Lane apartment complex, resulted in the arrests of two men and the victim’s ex-girlfriend on charges of robbery and burglary. They are Deshawn D. Halback, 20, of Jenny Lind Street; Raymone Sinclair Reed, 21, of Larnes Street; and Thaddeus Davis, 20, of Acaria Street.

Halback and her ex-boyfriend started arguing in his doorway at the apartment complex about a cellphone, according to an incident report. The victim refused to give up his phone and instead offered to buy one of Halback next week.

A short time after Halback left without the phone, she returned with another man, later identified as Reed, and knocked on the victim’s door, the report says.

The victim had again refused to hand over his phone when another man, later said to be Davis, rushed through the doorway. After the victim fell on the floor, all three of his assailants yelled, “Give it up,” the report says.

They left with the Samsung phone valued at $200, according to the report.

Officers soon found the suspects’ vehicle at the Deer Run Apartments and arrested all three.

A witness also told officers that he had seen the same woman involved in an altercation a few days earlier. In that case, several “females all had sticks and were threatening the person ... to give a phone back.”

Andrew Knapp is editor of the quick response team, which covers crime, courts and breaking news. He previously worked as a reporter and copy editor at Florida Today, Newsday and Bangor (Maine) Daily News. He enjoys golf, weather and fatherhood.