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iPhone GPS leads Quincy police to carjacking suspect

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 11, 2014 10:42 AM

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A carjacking ended with an arrest on Monday after officers used the victim’s iPhone to locate the stolen car, Quincy police said.

Police said an officer was working a detail shift in front of Quincy City Hall on Monday around 12:34 p.m. when he noticed what he thought was a pedestrian accident at 1359 Hancock St.

The officer ran to the scene and spoke with the victim, a 22-year-old female, who said her car had been hijacked.

The victim said she had come out of a store and entered her car and was about to leave when a man came up to the car window and told her the car was badly leaking fluid.

The woman got out of the car to look. When she went to the back of the car, she said, the man jumped into the driver seat. The woman told police she tried to reach into the car and stop him, but was knocked to the ground as the suspect drove off.

"We would advise people to not try to stop someone," said Quincy Lieutenant Jack Sullivan. "She could have seriously got hurt by trying to stop that car. Literally she could have been run over or hit by another car going down the street.”

An ambulance was called, but the victim declined treatment. More officers were called to the scene, and one learned that the woman's iPhone was still in the car. He took out his iPhone to activate the stolen phone’s GPS.

Police say that officers tracked the signal to Columbia Road in Dorchester and notified Boston Police and State Police. The car eventually stopped moving near the intersection of Blue Hill and Geneva avenues at a Stop & Shop, police said.

Police called Stop & Shop security and asked if they could locate the missing car. Security confirmed the car was in the parking lot, and notified Boston Police.

Police said they attempted to get to the car, but the suspect was still sitting in the car and drove off. Police followed the suspect until he pulled over on Mascoma Street.

The victim was taken to where the suspect was stopped, and she positively identified the suspect as the man who had hijacked her car, police said.

According to police, the victim’s iPhone and three of her credit cards were found in the suspect’s pockets, and about $180 in the victim’s wallet was missing.

Quincy Police, who had arrived on site, said they noticed a hypodermic syringe loaded with a substance on the ground near the car. as well as a bag of new syringes on the floor of the car.

The car, a 2001 Toyota Rav 4, had some damage, including scrapes down the side and damage to the passenger side mirror.

Walter C. Hairston, 53, from Chelsea was arrested and charged with carjacking, assault by means of a dangerous weapon (the car), malicious destruction to a motor vehicle, and larceny of property over $250.

Hairston was booked in Boston and then brought to Quincy, where he was detained overnight. He is being arraigned at Quincy District Court on Tuesday.

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