ROCHESTER HILLS, MI – An Alabama man is in custody and Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputies are searching for a second suspect in Friday’s assault of a Rochester Hills man.
The victim told Deputies he had fallen asleep in his car after returning from work early Friday when he was awakened about 4:30 a.m. by someone tugging on him. The victim said the man tugging on him was armed with two pistols.
Deputies were sent to the condominium complex in the 2600 block of Helmsdale near Auburn and Rochester Road on a report of shots being fired. The victim told deputies he grabbed onto the guns and began fighting with the suspect. At some point during the fight, three shots were fired but no one was struck.
Upon their arrival, Deputies saw the two men fighting. Deputies ordered the men to drop any weapons and two weapons fell to the ground. Both men had minor injuries from the fight, but neither were struck by a bullet. Because of darkness, it was unclear who was holding the guns.
Deputies heard the victim yelling, “Who sent you?” A second armed suspect dressed in dark clothing and a ski mask ran away. The victim later said he was fighting for his life and didn’t want to die there. The victim said he bit one of his attackers several times – later identified as Marquise Ldarius Pope, 29, of Birmingham, Ala. Pope was arrested and gave Deputies no reasonable explanation for why he was at the scene.
Deputies used a K-9 unit but were unable to find the second suspect.
He was arraigned Saturday in 52nd District Court First Division on a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder – a 10-year felony – and possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony – a 2-year felony. Magistrate Courtney Marshall set bond at $250,000. A probable cause conference is set for July 26 in 52nd – Third Division District Court in Rochester Hills.
Pope has multiple arrests for weapons violations from Alabama.
Deputies said one of the .40-caliber semi-automatic handguns recovered at the scene was stolen from Detroit and the other was registered to a Detroit woman. The guns are undergoing an examination at the Sheriff’s forensic lab to determine if they may have been used in other crimes.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the missing suspect is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest.
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