Suspect in custody in connection with carjacking at Fashion Valley Mall

Police say iPhone app led them to suspect, car

SAN DIEGO - A man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a carjacking at the Fashion Valley Mall and police say it was an iPhone app that led them to the suspect and the stolen car.

The carjacking occurred at about 8:15 p.m. at a covered parking garage near JC Penney.

Police say the owner of a blue Jaguar was returning to her car with shopping bags when a man with a gun approached her.

"The victim wisely gave the suspect the car," said San Diego police Lt. David Mitchell. "She immediately notified police. We broadcast the description of the vehicle."

The woman's purse was also stolen with her iPhone inside. Once police learned that information, an officer used the "Find my iPhone" app to track her phone inside the stolen car.

Police caught up with the man about 45 minutes later near the corner of Guymon Street and Euclid Avenue in Chollas View, which is nearly nine miles from Fashion Valley Mall.

"He'll be facing very serious felony charges that involves carjacking… probably other felony crimes involving that theft," said Mitchell.

Shortly after that, the victim arrived at the scene with police in a blacked-out sedan to identify the suspect. Police quickly pulled him out of the back of the patrol car, she identified him and then both she and the suspect were driven away.

Police confirmed to 10News that the gun the man used was a pellet gun.

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