PONTIAC, MI – A man who police at first thought was the victim of an armed robbery quickly became the main suspect when the person he reported to police to be the suspect calls the police to report the same crime with opposite details.
On Sunday May 13th, 2018, at about 7:00PM, Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 700 block of Whittemore Street on the report of a male shooting victim found lying in the parking lot of the Spring Lake Apartment Complex.
Upon arrival, Deputies found that the 19-year-old man had suffered a single gunshot wound to his right leg. The teenager stated that he was in the parking lot when an unknown male approached him and offered to sell him marijuana. The victim stated that he was offended by the proposition and that he and the unknown man began to fight. The unknown man produced a gun and shot him in the leg.
While speaking with the teenage victim, Deputies were advised that a second man had called the Sheriff’s Communications Center to report that someone had just attempted to rob him. Deputies made contact with the 23-year-old caller who stated that he went to the Spring Lake Apartments to sell someone marijuana.
The 23-year-old man stated that when he arrived, an unknown subject, who matched the description of the shooting victim, produced a pistol and attempted to rob him. The man stated that there was a struggle over the pistol and the assailant was shot in the leg. The caller stated that he took the pistol from the teenager and threw it into the courtyard before fleeing the scene on foot. Deputies located two spent 9mm shell casings lying on the ground where the incident occurred.
An Evidence Technician responded to process the scene. Detectives were notified and responded to begin their investigation. Witnesses recall hearing two gunshots. Detectives interviewed both subjects. Detectives determined that the subject who had claimed to be the victim was the responsible in the shooting.
While being treated for his gunshot wound at McLaren-Oakland Hospital, he was placed under arrest for Armed Robbery. The suspect was admitted to the hospital and is listed in stable condition with a fractured femur.
The victim was interviewed at the Pontiac Substation prior to being released. An OCSO K-9 Unit responded to the apartment complex to conduct an area search for the pistol but with negative results. Detectives are continuing with the investigation. It is unknown at this time if the suspect in the robbery was shot on purpose or during the struggle for the gun.