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Cellphone leads police to suspects in robbery

Jan. 21, 2013 @ 11:04 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The tracking of one victim's cellphone led investigators to arrest three men on an armed robbery charge, according a press release issued by the Huntington Police Department.

Arrested were Antonio L. Lockhart, 22, of Inkster, Mich., along with Huntington residents Julian J. Johnson, 25, and Monroe Avant, 22, police said.

The arrests followed a 9:12 p.m. Saturday incident in the 500 block of 20th Street. Five victims told police two men approached their car, brandished handguns and stole their cellphones and wallets, Huntington Police Lt. John Williams said.

Investigators used a tracking application from one of the victim's cellphones to lead them to a nightclub in the 2000 block of 10th Avenue. It was there officers found items stolen and weapons used in the robbery, according to the release.

Police also found items reported stolen during a Friday robbery that victimized three college students. It occurred near the intersection of 20th Street and Buffington Avenue, very close to the Saturday incident, Williams said.

No charges had been filed in relation to the Friday incident as of Monday morning. Williams said that case remains under investigation and charges could be filed in a matter of days.

Two of the Saturday victims received minor face and head injuries, but required no hospitalization. No injuries were reported Friday.

Lockhart and Johnson remained incarcerated Mondayon bonds of $100,000. Avant's bond was $116,000, as he also faced a warrant for failure to appear, according to jail records.

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