iPhone GPS let investigators to suspects in killing...

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  1. lemieuxfan67 macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2012
    local story in pittsburgh today....

    iPhone GPS led investigators to suspects in killing of Washington & Jefferson College football player

    By Janice Crompton / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    GPS tracking of Washington & Jefferson College football player's stolen iPhone led Washington police to three suspects who were arrested yesterday in the player's October 2012 beating death.

    According to criminal complaints police filed Tuesday, GPS tracking of Timothy McNerney's phone, taken from him in the attack, indicated the phone was near the Houston Street home of Adam R. Hankins, 23, of Washington and the McDonald home of Eric Dante Wells, 24.

    Confronted Tuesday at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Fayette County, both men admitted their roles in the Oct. 4 killing, according to the complaint.

    Investigators also identified a third man, Troy Lamonte Simmons, 23, of East Pittsburgh, who was charged alongside the other two with criminal homicide, robbery and other charges.

    Police said during an interview, Mr. Wells admitted striking McNerney, knocking him to the ground unconscious.

    He also said he got rid of the iPhone and burned clothing he and Mr. Hankins wore, according to the complaint.

    Mr. Hankins said Mr. Wells tried to use McNerney's credit card at a nearby convenience store, according to the complaint.

    The men were also charged with beating Zachary Deccico, who spent the night with his friend McNerney at several bars that night on Main Street in Washington. The men were attacked on their way back to campus about 2:20 a.m.

    The three defendants were arraigned before District Judge Robert Redlinger and were lodged in the Washington County jail without bond.

    Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories...college-football-player-698412/#ixzz2bIntirvJ
  2. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Not iPhone specific FYI, this capability exists with nearly any current phone.

    In exigent circumstances the police can request cell phone carriers to "ping" a cell phone and report it's GPS location. Carrier gets the phone to report its location coordinates which they pass along to the police.

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