Suspects in Pontiac drive-by shootings since January arrested
A team of local and federal authorities over the weekend arrested seven men suspected of being responsible for a series of violent incidents and car shootings dating back to January.
Three suspects were charged Tuesday with several crimes, including conspiracy to commit first degree murder. A fourth suspect, Immanuel Gates, 19, is wanted in a January 3 shooting in which a 19-year-old man from Sterling Heights and a 21-year-old man from Rochester Hills were injured.
Drive-by shootings in Pontiac lead to arrests
Local and federal authorities have arrested seven men suspected of being responsible for a series of violent incidents and car shootings dating back to January.
Four other men in custody are expected to be charged similarly this week in what investigators believe may have been a series of street shootings between rival groups. They are not identified until charges are brought against them.
âThese extremely dangerous individuals had to be taken off the streets and held accountable,â Bouchard said. âAttempting to apprehend one of the suspects shows how violent and dangerous they are. He crashed into a police car while trying to escape and was in illegal possession of a loaded firearm.
âMost of them have already been charged with illegal possession of firearms and yet they were still on the streets,â Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said. “These are exactly the individuals who are causing large amounts of gun violence in communities across America. Until it is restored that illegal possession and use of firearms will carry a heavy penalty, this violence will continue to increase. “
Bouchard said detectives spent months following the leads.
In the latest arrests, four suspects wearing black masks and armed with multiple rifles, including an AR-15 assault rifle, were arrested on Saturday during a traffic check in Pontiac.
The January 3 incident that led to the arrest of three men happened shortly after 1 a.m. in a public parking lot near Wayne and Lawrence. Detectives assigned to the Sheriff’s Directed Patrol Unit, Fugitive Apprehension Team, Pontiac Substation, and state and federal agents arrested three men involved in a shooting in January, which took place a few blocks from the 50th District Court in downtown Pontiac.
The four men reportedly attempted to ambush occupants of a car, firing multiple shots as it drove behind the Waterman building at 91 N. Saginaw St. The scene was captured on surveillance video. Four hours after the shooting, detectives located a gray van at a gas station in Featherstone and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Pontiac occupied by four men whose dress descriptions matched those of the subjects involved in the shooting, police said. A used shell casing was found in the van, which was later determined to match the shell casings found in the downtown shooting, they said. The four men were questioned but denied their involvement in the shooting and no charges were authorized at the time.
On Saturday, detectives had information that linked Gates and three other men – Anthony Curry, 18; Marcus Clark, 20, and Omario Pate, 18 – in the minibus and are believed to have weapons in their possession, police say. Within eight hours, detectives had arrest warrants and began to search for them. The men were taken into custody from locations in Pontiac.
Curry allegedly tried to avoid being captured while driving and crashed into a police vehicle, police said. A .40 caliber handgun was reportedly found in the vehicle near Curry’s feet. All are charged on a 12-count warrant of conspiracy to commit first degree murder, carrying a concealed weapon, assault with intent to kill and possession of a weapon. to fire during the commission of a crime.
Curry and Clark have already been convicted of carrying a concealed weapon. Pate was on bail in Wayne County Circuit Court on a concealed weapons charge. The three men were brought to justice on Tuesday before Pontiac’s 50th District Chief Justice Cynthia Walker. Curry and Clark are being held without bail in the Oakland County Jail. Pate is being held on $ 1 million bail.
A probable causes conference is scheduled for November 30 at 1:30 p.m., with a preliminary review scheduled for December 7.
A reward of up to $ 1,000 is offered for information leading to Gates’ arrest. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP or 911. Callers will be kept anonymous. Gates is believed to be armed and dangerous.