Adult suspect charged for firing weapon from moving vehicle 

December 29, 2022

Tiona Lara

Adult suspect charged for firing weapon from moving vehicle 

SUMMIT TOWNSHIP — Tiona Lara, 18, of Monroe, Mich., was arraigned today in 79th District Court on one count of carrying a concealed weapon and two counts of discharging a firearm from a vehicle, both felony charges. 

Lara, along with a 15-year-old juvenile, also from Monroe, was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 28, shortly after 5 p.m. following a 911 call of a person firing a gun from a moving northbound vehicle on US 31 near the Mason/Oceana county line, according to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole.

“The caller — a military veteran — recognized the sound of gunfire and muzzle flash as that of a gun firing and placed the 911 call,” said Sheriff Cole. “This person then followed the vehicle until a deputy arrived.

“An MCSO deputy patrolling in the area located the suspect vehicle and began to follow it until additional units could get in position to affect a felony stop. MCSO deputies did make a felony stop on the vehicle on Pere Marquette Highway and First Street. During the stop, a handgun was recovered from the suspect vehicle.” Cole said both were suspects were arrested at the scene. Initially, the sheriff stated charges would include: felony firearm, discharging a firearm from a moving vehicle, possession of an unregistered handgun, furnishing false info to law enforcement and carrying a concealed weapon.

“At the time of this press release, no motorists have come forward reporting damage to any vehicles that may have been struck by gunfire from this event.”

Lara remains lodged in the Mason County Jail on a $50,000.00 cash/surety bond.

The 15-year-old boy was turned over to juvenile court authorities.

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