West Ridge carjacker tracked down in Old Town thanks to victim’s GPS app, prosecutors say

Quanzell Marshall | CPD

A West Ridge woman used her stolen car’s GPS tracker to help cops find her vehicle, and the man who carjacked it early Sunday morning, prosecutors said.

The woman became concerned when a man walked in front of her car and made eye contact after she parked on the 1900 block of West Hood around 12:30 a.m. So, she decided to stay in the vehicle for a little bit.

When she got out, the man walked up, held out his hand, and said, “give me everything, or I will blow your sh*t up.” She handed over her car keys and walked away. The man sped off with her white Hyundai Tuscon.

But the woman still had her phone, so she called 911 and began tracking the stolen car on an app. Police who responded to her call radioed officers in the Old Town neighborhood to let them know that the SUV was “pinging” near the intersection of Clark and LaSalle.

Those officers quickly found the car and detained its driver, 18-year-old Quanzell Marshall, prosecutors said. The woman identified Marshall as the carjacker, and prosecutors say he admitted to taking the woman’s keys and car.

Marshall has no previous criminal record, according to the state. Judge David Navarro set his bail at $50,000. Marshall will need to post a $5,000 deposit bond to get out of jail before trial.

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