A second Erie, Pa., man has pleaded guilty to carjacking and firearms charges in connection with a two-day crime spree that took place in July 2015 in Fredonia.
Dimas Colon-Cruz, 37, and two accomplices were accused of robbing and assaulting two strangers, and stealing two vehicles, all in an ostensible effort to get back to Erie.
On July 20, 2015, Colon-Cruz had traveled with Michael Gonzalez-Colon and Denis Cruz, from Erie to Dunkirk on stolen all-terrain vehicles, according to prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office. Shortly upon arriving in Dunkirk, the ATVs were seized by the Dunkirk Police Department, leaving the trio without transportation to return home.
A short time later, Colon-Cruz, Gonzalez-Colon and Cruz assaulted one victim in the vicinity of Robin and Second streets in Dunkirk, according to prosecutors. The three brandished firearms during the assault, and struck the victim in the face before stealing several items.
Soon after that assault, the three men accosted a second victim who was getting out of a vehicle on Robin Street. That victim was ordered to kneel on the ground and was struck in the head with a handgun before the three drove off in the second victim's car.
The same day, there was a burglary reported at Lakeside Lawncare in Fredonia in which several items were stolen, including a pickup truck. Both vehicles were recovered two days later in Erie, Pa., and the trio was arrested,
Gonzalez-Colon was convicted and sentenced in the case earlier this month. Charges are still pending against Cruz.
The case was investigated by the Dunkirk Police Department, the Erie, Pa., Police Department, the New York State Police. and the FBI.
Colon-Cruz is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 25 before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.