For Immediate Release
Pontiac Man Involved in Violent Robberies Appears in Federal Court
DETROIT – A Pontiac man was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of Interference with Commerce by Robbery, Use of a Firearm in Relation to a Crime of Violence and being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm relating to an armed robbery and attempted armed robbery which occurred in the city of Pontiac, United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison announced today.
Ison was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge James Deir of the ATF’s Detroit Division and Sheriff Michael Bouchard of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.
Christopher Bey, 48, appeared in federal court this afternoon and was arraigned on the charges before United States Magistrate Judge Kimberly G. Altman.
“Removing violent offenders from our community is one of my office’s top priorities,” stated U.S. Attorney Dawn Ison. “We will not stop being laser focused on aggressively prosecuting dangerous individuals who persist in terrorizing our citizens.”
“Use an illegal firearm to rob 2 stores and discharge that firearm, and the ATF will exhaust every resource to identify you and to hold you accountable for gun violence. The message is simple: Actions have consequences. If you use an illegal firearm to commit gun violence in our community…. pack a lunch. You are going to be unavailable for an extended period of time,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge James Deir.
“We appreciate the teamwork with our federal partners and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. If you are a violent criminal, we will work tirelessly to hold you accountable and do everything in our power to keep our community safe,” said Sheriff Bouchard. “Working together magnifies resources and increases the opportunity for successful prosecution.”
According to the indictment, Bey is alleged to have robbed a Boost Mobile store in the city of Pontiac on February 4, 2023. After entering the store, Bey allegedly brandished a firearm and demanded money from the store employee. During the robbery, Bey fired the weapon twice.
The indictment also alleges that on March 24, 2023, Bey attempted to rob a Dollar General Store in the city of Pontiac. Bey handed a store employee a note while pointing a gun at him. Bey then ordered the employee to the back of the store and directed him to handcuff himself.
Bey was also charged with felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleges that, during the robbery investigations, law enforcement observed Bey’s social media posts of himself holding a firearm with his face obscured by a ski mask. Law enforcement was able to use other images from his social media accounts to determine Bey’s identity.
On July 26, 2023, the Pontiac Gun Violence Task Force (GVTF), assisted by, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit, Customs Border Protection - Aviation Enforcement, and the Detroit Police Department, arrested Christopher Lee Bey. Bey has been in custody since that arrest.
The GVTF was established by the ATF and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. The GVTF is tasked with investigating the unlawful possession of firearms and the use of firearms to commit violent crimes within Pontiac, Oakland County, and the Eastern District of Michigan.
An indictment is only a formal charging document and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas McIntyre and Matthew Roth.