FLINT (WJRT) (2/11/2019) - An Oakland County woman using an app to sell a cell phone allegedly ended up being held captive and sexually assaulted for hours.
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said three teens charged in the case also stole money from the woman and took her car.
He explained she found a buyer in Flint through the app LetGo, an online platform where for buying and selling used items.
"The location of the transaction turned out to be an abandoned house in the city on the north side. She was lured into the house by this person," Leyton said.
The house is located on the 1600 block of Shamrock Lane.
Inside, Leyton said two others were waiting. For the next several hours, 17-year-olds Carlos Evans and Dequandre Robinson, along with a 16-year-old from, Flint sexually assaulted the woman.
Leyton added a fourth man was also there, but not involved in the assault.
"While the sexual assault was taking place, her car was taken from her, money was taken out of her ATM account, and then she was threatened with harm if she went to the police," he said.
The woman's car was eventually returned and Leyton said she made it 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 conduct, carjacking, using a computer to commit a crime, unarmed robbery and unlawful imprisonment. They're facing up to life in prison if convicted.
"I've seen too many crimes where it got set up on one of these apps; and oftentimes, it's the sale of a smartphone," Leyton said. "So, I would just double down and say if you're gonna 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, robbing sellers at gunpoint. It's not clear if the teens were working together.
Leyton hasn't charged Evans, Robinson or their accomplices with other cases, but he said they likely have been involved in a few other LetGo app robberies.
"Fortunately, she did go to the police and fortunately, the police developed suspects thanks to this brave victim," he said.
Anyone who has fallen victim to a similar theft, is urged to call police.