Cell phone signal leads police to carjacking suspects

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PEORIA, Ariz. – Two men are in custody after allegedly carjacking a Peoria woman at knifepoint early Thursday morning. Police were able to use the signal from her cell phone to find the stolen car and the two suspects in less than 20 minutes.

According to Jay Davies of the Peoria Police Department, the carjacking happened at about 2:15 a.m. in the parking lot of a condominium complex in the area of Peoria and 91st avenues.

The two suspects, identified as Alexis Rojas of Glendale and Jaime Jasso Jr. of Peoria, approached the 23-year-old victim, pulled a knife and took her car, a red 2002 Oldsmobile Alero.

The victim was not injured. She immediately called the police. The first officer on the scene helped the victim use a public website to track her Sprint cell phone, which was in the car when it was taken, through its GPS signal.

With that tracking information, it took police just 17 minutes to find the suspects at an apartment complex at 65th Avenue and Tuckey Lane, Davies said. Investigators believe a relative of one of the suspects lives there.

Rojas, 28, and Jasso Jr., 34, were arrested without incident and are now facing charges of armed robbery. Davies said both men were booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail Thursday morning.