(2/11/2019) – An Oakland County woman using an app to sell a cell phone was reportedly detained and sexually assaulted for hours.
Genesee County District Attorney David Leyton said three teenagers indicted in the case also stole money from the woman and took her car.
He explained that she found a buyer at Flint through the LetGo app, an online platform for buying and selling second-hand items.
âThe place of the transaction turned out to be an abandoned house in the town on the north side. She was drawn into the house by that person,â Leyton said.
The house is located on the 1600 block of Shamrock Lane.
Inside, Leyton said two more were waiting. During the hours that followed, Carlos Evans and Dequandre Robinson, 17, as well as a 16-year-old teenager from Flint sexually assaulted the woman.
Leyton added that a fourth man was also present, but was not involved in the assault.
“While the sexual assault was taking place, her car was confiscated, money was taken from her ATM account, and then she was threatened with harm if she went to the police,” he said. declared.
The woman’s car was eventually returned and Leyton said she drove to Saginaw to visit her boyfriend. There they called 911.
The three teens are now charged with eight felonies each, including first-degree criminal sexual behavior, carjacking, using a computer to commit a crime, armed robbery and illegal imprisonment. They risk life imprisonment if found guilty.
âI’ve seen too many crimes where it’s been set up on one of these apps; and a lot of times it’s selling a smartphone,â Leyton said. “So I would just double down and say if you’re going to do that, do it in a public place and the best place is the lobby of the police station.”
A similar case was reported in December 2017. Flint Police arrested three teenagers for the same deception, stealing vendors at gunpoint. It is not known if the teens worked together.
Leyton did not charge Evans, Robinson, or their accomplices in other affairs, but said they were likely involved in a few other thefts of LetGo apps.
“Fortunately, she surrendered to the police and fortunately the police developed suspects thanks to this courageous victim,” he said.
Anyone who is the victim of a similar theft is advised to call the police.