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Man returns to jail on fresh charges one hour after leaving

A man who had been released an hour earlier from Sacramento County Jail was arrested again early Thursday in Folsom on suspicion of stealing a taxi, police said.

Matthew Carl Griffin, 25, punched a cab driver and stole both his cell phone and his vehicle, police said. The incident took place about 4 a.m. near the intersection of Folsom Boulevard and Greenback Lane.

Griffin had been released from Sacramento County Jail just before 3 a.m. He had earlier been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, according to Folsom police.

The 57-year-old cab driver was able to get help after Griffin kicked him out of his car. Folsom police searched the area and were able to find the car within a few minutes on Folsom Boulevard near Highway 50. Griffin was stopped and arrested, and is in custody on suspicion of carjacking and robbery.

The taxi driver has been released after being treated at a hospital for facial lacerations, the Folsom Police Department said.

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