Homeless man arrested after attempting to steal multiple cars
Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:18:05 GMT —
Collin Paul Biondo, 27, has been arrested on charges of home invasion, car jacking, felonious assault, and driving with a suspended license.
According to the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department, Biondo was seen in front of a residence on Sleights Valley Trail in East Bay Township on Friday morning around 7:30 AM by a relative of the homeowner who lived close by.
The relative, a woman, thought he looked suspicious and told Biondo to leave the property. As she was leaving in her vehicle, Biondo began ramming her vehicle with his and yelling at her to get out of the car and claiming that he had a gun. Biondo then started running toward the woman's home and slipped under the garage door as it was closing.
The Sheriff's office reports that Biondo found a vehicle in her garage with keys inside and stole it by backing it through the closed garage door. He later abandoned this vehicle on a pathway off of Gibbs Road and attempted to hide it by using a picnic table propped up on its side.
On Gibbs Road, Biondo entered another home through a door that was unlocked while the residents were asleep. He took car keys for another vehicle from inside the home and attempted to drive it away but could not get the car started.
Biondo was arrested around 10 AM on Hobbs Highway after reports from other citizens about a man lying in the road. When deputies arrived they found Biondo kneeling in the road and screaming. At that time he claimed to have been injured in an accident and medical help was called. The suspect was uncooperative and made a statement saying that he may have been under the influence of illegal narcotics such as crystal meth.
No firearm was has been found.
Biondo listed no address and is considered homeless. He was arraigned this morning and is currently being held at the Grand Traverse County Jail. His bond is set at $500,000.