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Mobile Phone GPS Helps Chicago Police

GPS Tracker In Mobile Phone Saves Chicago Woman

Marcos Servantes, a 16-year-old from the Chicago area, is currently being held without bail as he faces serious felony charges of sexual assault, home invasion with armed force, aggravated vehicular hijacking with a weapon and kidnapping. Servantes, who will be charged as an adult when his trial comes around, broke into a home in the city of Bucktown where it is alleged he committed acts of sexual violence upon a 43-year-old woman at the residence. According to the official police report, Servantes held the woman at gunpoint, sexually assaulted her, kidnapped her and then drove off with the woman in her motor vehicle. After the terrifying ordeal the woman was dropped off at an intersection, but not before Servantes took off with the woman’s vehicle and cellular phone. The cell phone theft would turn out to be a critical mistake that would be instrumental in leading to the arrest of the criminal.

When the woman contacted law enforcement authorities to report the horrific incident she explained that the criminal still had possession of both her vehicle and cell phone. This is when quick thinking police activated the GPS tracking device located inside of the cellular phone to provide real-time GPS locational data. With an accurate description of the victim’s vehicle and GPS tracking data police were able to locate Marcos Servantes near Roosevelt Avenue and Western Avenue. The police were able to arrest Servantes without any injuries. Currently, law enforcement agencies are required to acquire a warrant before placing any GPS tracker on the car of a potential criminal suspect, but accessing GPS tracking locational data from mobile phone systems is still legal without first getting a warrant. Although some privacy advocates may suggest police access to mobile phone locational data is a bad thing, this story is a perfect example of how police were able to quickly apprehend a violent criminal suspect because they were able to avoid the red tape associated with standard GPS tracking surveillance.

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