Police tracked a suspected carjacker from Modesto to Redding with the help of the victim's cell phone, which had been left in the vehicle.
Modesto resident Robert Bryan Gregory, 25, was arrested at a Redding motel Monday evening, more than 220 miles from where a Red Top taxi driver was forced out of his car Sunday night on Tully Road by a man who pretended to have a gun.
Modesto Police Lt. Ron Cloward said officers tracked the cab's whereabouts through the taxi driver's cell phone.
"Most cell phones have GPS tracking systems built into them," Cloward said. He said police can ask a wireless service carrier to track a phone as long as they are investigating a case.
Modesto police notified the Redding Police Department and Shasta County Sheriff's Department. Officers there found the cab in Redding with two people in it, but not Gregory.
The two people told officers that Gregory was at a motel, where he was arrested about 5 p.m. Monday, Cloward said.
Modesto officers drove to Shasta County and picked up Gregory. He was booked at the Stanislaus County Jail early Tuesday, Cloward said.
Gregory was arrested on suspicion of carjacking, rape in an unrelated case and violating probation, according to a news release.
Police did not release the name of the cab driver, and the owner of Red Top taxi in Modesto could not be reached for comment.
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