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Suspect sought in Pontiac home invasion

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

One man is on the run after allegedly fleeing Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies then invading a Pontiac home this week, officials said.

Deputies were near West Huron and Thorpe Street on Thursday evening when they spotted the man loitering in a gas station parking lot before approaching several vehicles “and exchange unknown items with the occupants” in one, officials said in a statement.

When officers tried to talk with him, the man fled on foot — escaping them but leaving 17 prepaid debit cards behind, according to the release.

About two hours later, deputies were called to the 60 block of North Johnson after a home invasion was reported there.

The 43-year-old resident, who is a woman, told deputies the man had entered through an unlocked back door. According to the woman, the man said the police were after him and that she was not free to leave. He changed from his clothes into her fiancé’s and called someone, asking them to pick him up at Pontiac General Hospital, county authorities said.

The suspect stayed at the home for two hours — until the woman’s fiancé arrived and forced him to leave. At that point, the suspect headed toward the hospital on West Huron.

A K-9 officer conducted a track that ended outside of the building, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Meanwhile, to find fingerprints, investigators submitted a drinking glass the man used to a forensic lab. His discarded clothes also were collected as evidence.

The man is described as an African-American, 20-25 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 180 pounds, with hair in a ponytail on top of his head.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (248) 858-4951. Tips can also be submitted at 1-888-TURN-1-IN or 1-800-773-2587.