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OnStar Helps Nab Suspects in Washington Carjacking

December 09, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- With the help of GM's OnStar in-vehicle safety and security system, police last week apprehended two suspects accused of hijacking a vehicle from Julia Corker, the 22-year-old daughter of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN). 

Steven Alston, 25, and Dewalden Connors, 22, are now in custody in a facility in Prince George's County, Md., the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. They are both charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. Other charges were pending. 

According to the senator's spokesman Todd Womack, Julia Corker was driving home about 9:15 p.m. last Wednesday, Dec. 2, when someone knocked on her window at a stop sign near the Verizon Center. While she responded to one man asking for directions, another man allegedly got in the passenger side of her vehicle and forced her out. She was thrown to the pavement but didn't suffer serious injuries. 

D.C. police said they used OnStar to track down her stolen Chevy Tahoe, and the suspects were taken into custody in Suitland. Sen. Corker and his daughter went to the Seat Pleasant Police Department that night, and she positively identified the suspects.

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