Cops: App helps police nab suspect who assaulted Uber driver, stole car in Birmingham – Oakland Press

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A 74-year-old Uber driver from Troy was reportedly assaulted and had his car stolen while parked in Birmingham late Thursday night — but it wasn’t long before police caught up with the suspect and arrested him.
According to the Birmingham Police Department, the alleged victim called police at around 11:35 p.m. to report the crime. He said he was parked on Old Woodward Avenue north of Hamilton Road when the suspect, described as a black male, opened the driver’s door, assaulted him, pulled him from the vehicle and drove away in it on Old Woodward Avenue. The alleged victim, who reported no injuries from the assault, further described the assailant as 5 feet 6 inches tall and of medium build.
As it turned out, the driver had left a second phone in the vehicle, so police used a “find my phone” app to track it, police said.
The search for the  alleged assailant was broadcast to area police departments, and officers from Bloomfield Township located the vehicle on Lahser Road near Square Lake Road and attempted a traffic stop, police said.
The driver attempted to flee the scene but lost control of the vehicle and hit a guardrail, police said.
Birmingham police officers arrived on scene and, with assistance from Bloomfield Township and Bloomfield Hills officers, took the suspect into custody without incident. Charges are pending.
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