Carjacker ID'd via iPhone feature on stolen cell gets prison

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Posted: Apr 13, 2015 4:31 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man who was identified by the "find my iPhone" feature on a smartphone he stole during an armed carjacking was sentenced Monday to more than 11 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 28-year-old Lee Carraballo, of Newark, will also have to serve five years of supervised release once he's freed from prison. He was convicted last November on charges of theft of a motor vehicle by force, violence and intimidation and use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Prosecutors say Caraballo carjacked a Rutgers University law student at gunpoint in the driveway of the student's home in November 2012, stealing his wallet and cellphone before fleeing in the victim's car.

Caraballo was captured later that day, following a traffic stop in Roselle Park while he was driving his own car. In that vehicle, authorities found the victim's cellphone and car keys as well as various items of clothing owned by the victim.

While Caraballo was in custody, the carjacking victim located his phone remotely using the "find my iPhone" feature and called the police station. He later identified Caraballo as his assailant.