Friday, October 12, 2012
GPS Tracker Helps Find Huntley Cab Hijacker
Huntley Police said Mackey, on his way to Rockford after being picked up at a Hoffman Estates hospital Thursday morning, asked the cabby to pull in to the Prime Outlets Mall, stabbed him in the neck with some pens and hijacked the vehicle. The unidentified driver was taken to Sherman Hospital for treatment.
Meanwhile, Huntley Deputy Chief Mike Klunk said investigators discovered the cab was carrying a GPS tracker which reported it was already in Hampshire, still heading toward Rockford. State Police reported seeing the cab near Belvidere's Chrysler plant and a few minutes later a Rockford officer spotted in that city. The profusely dreadlocked driver got away in traffic, though, and police eventually found the cab abandoned in Downtown Rockford.
Huntley PD had the cab trucked back to examine for evidence and a few hours later Winnebago County Deputies arrested Mackey in Rockford. He was returned to Huntley charged with vehicular hijacking, robbery and aggravated battery.
In the pic: (above) Christopher L. Mackey. (below) Crimestoppers Texbook--A GPS tracking device on a vehicle helps find bad guys.