PONTIAC, MI – On November 29th, 2020, Oakland County Sheriff Deputies from the Pontiac Substation responded to a call for three people driving around possibly armed and threatening to shoot someone in the North Hill Farms Apartment Complex in the City of Pontiac.
The caller described the vehicle as a white pickup truck with a logo from a landscaping company. Deputies arrived in the area and located a vehicle fitting the description. A felony stop was initiated, and three occupants were detained without incident. The driver of the vehicle advised there was a rifle in the back seat.
The backseat passenger advised the rifle belonged to him, he had just found it, and it was stolen. A search of the vehicle resulted in locating an Alex Pro AR-15 rifle which was loaded and had a drum magazine attached which contained 45 live .223 caliber rounds. Two additional magazines which contained 19 and 49 rounds of .223 ammunition were located underneath the backseat near the rifle.
Both the driver and the backseat passenger were arrested at the time of the incident. After interviewing the suspects, it was learned the backseat passenger called the driver for a ride to his mother’s residence. When the driver arrived, the backseat passenger entered the vehicle with a black bag, and then produced the rifle.
The driver of the vehicle told the backseat passenger to get out, but he refused and pointed the rifle at the driver, pushed it into the side of his back, and told him to drive the vehicle. The driver, in fear for his life, drove away as instructed. While on the way to the suspect’s mother’s house, the driver noticed patrol cars in the area and drove towards them hoping to be pulled over. When the patrol cars activated their lights, the backseat passenger advised the driver to not stop, but he chose to pull over to comply with Deputy orders.
“I appreciate the public calling Dispatch about this very dangerous, evolving situation which allowed our great Deputies to locate and intervene during this potentially deadly moment,” said Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard. “Taking dangerous people off the street is what we do on a daily basis.”
Hilbin Yamil Collazo-Cruz, a 20-year-old resident of the City of Pontiac, has been charged with one count of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon – 4-year Felony and with one count of Weapons – Firearms – Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Vehicle – Up to 2-years in Prison.
Collazo-Cruz was arraigned on December 1st, in front of the Honorable Judge Cynthia Walker at 50th District Court. He was given a personal bond and his next court appearance is scheduled for December 10th at 50th District Court.