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Cellphone leads to arrest of 2 in Pontiac carjacking

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A cellphone stolen during a late-night carjacking in Pontiac helped lead to the two people behind the crimes, Oakland County Sheriff’s officials said.

A 47-year-old Pontiac man called police around 1 a.m. Friday to report he had been carjacked by two men he had picked up at a gas station near Baldwin and Montcalm.

“All three drove around, and when they were on Liberty Street in Pontiac the two subjects assaulted the victim by hitting him in the face and threatened him with a knife, forcing the victim out of the car,” authorities said in a statement.

The pair also seized the man’s cellphone. Deputies used a function to track the device to nearby Spokane Drive, according to the release.

That’s where they found the stolen vehicle parked near apartments. Then, the deputies spotted the two suspects leaving, officials said.

“The subjects ran back inside the apartment and the deputies were able to arrest both suspects inside of the apartment building,” the notice read.

The vehicle was towed. The suspects — identified as two Pontiac residents, ages 25 and 27 — were held at the Oakland County Jail pending warrants.