20 suspects stole 13 vehicles from secure lot in Flint
OAKLAND CO., Mich. (WNEM) - Oakland University alerted the campus community Monday morning to stay indoors after two armed suspects were seen on campus.
The suspects are accused of stealing cars in Genesee County and then exchanging gunfire with a security guard while stealing the cars, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said.
About 9 a.m., the sheriff’s office said a witness said two individuals who matched the description of the suspects got into a vehicle and fled campus hours before the shelter in place was released.
Authorities said more than 20 suspects overtook a secure car lot early on Monday morning on Atherton road near Saginaw Street in Flint. Police Chief Terence Green said seven of the 13 vehicles stolen have been recovered.
One person, believed to be a suspect, crashed a stolen car on I-75 in Auburn Hills. He died as a result.
Green said investigators are on the hunt for the five remaining vehicles and the suspects accused of stealing them.
“They’re currently in the city of Detroit conducting follow up- that’s where they recovered seven out of the 13 that were taken- and try to identify the suspects involved,” Green said.
He also said these suspects are looking at serious criminal charges.
“Assault with intent to murder for shooting at the security guard, that’s the most serious,” Green said. “Plus the auto theft, grand larceny.”
Green said that criminals sell the stolen cars for parts.
The university delayed all campus activities and said students, faculty, and staff were advised not to report to campus.
Students who live on campus were encouraged to remain indoors.
“OU’s crisis management team decided that resuming campus operations at noon was best given that some individuals have long commute times to get to campus,” Oakland University said in a statement.
The shelter in place has since been released for Oakland University.
If you have any information on this case, call the police.
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