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$20 loan leads to fire, beating, stabbing in Pontiac

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Pontiac — A 26-year-old Pontiac man was beaten and stabbed early Saturday after he set a woman’s front yard on fire over a $20 loan, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded around 7 a.m. to the 90 block of Virginia Street “for an unknown trouble involving Molotov cocktails and baseball bats,” officials said.

Sheriff’s deputies found the 26-year-old man lying in the street, bleeding heavily.

Investigators determined the man was attacked after witnesses saw him throw two or three Molotov cocktails at a woman’s home, setting the yard on fire. He also allegedly doused the woman’s car in gasoline.

He was angry about $20 owed to him by the woman’s boyfriend, officials said.

Several witnesses wielding baseball bats confronted the man and chased him down the street, officials said. The woman followed in her vehicle, striking the man and knocking him to the ground.

The witnesses then stood over the man and struck him with the baseball bats, police said. The man also was stabbed during the confrontation.

The witnesses fled in a Chrysler 300 just before police arrived, officials said.

The man was transported by Star EMS to McLaren Oakland Hospital with a stab wound to his abdomen as well as head and facial injuries, officials said. He is expected to recover.

Police have not yet identified any suspects in the beating and stabbing, officials said. The incident remains under investigation.

HFournier@detroitnews.com

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