• BREAKING NEWS ABC shows live and on-demand -- Download the WATCH ABC app!

2-day crime spree led to bishop shooting

September 17, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A local priest shot during an apparent armed robbery attempt remained hospitalized in stable condition Thursday. Deputies say the priest was attacked during a crime spree across Los Angeles and Riverside counties. Five men have been arrested.

When the first reports came out about the shooting at a local church and the wounding of the church's bishop, it generated a lot of public interest. Who did this, and why?

As the story develops, it appears it was the work of five men who were on a two-day crime spree, a crime spree that ended Wednesday night.

The five suspects were being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside. They are: Willis Bagley, from Perris; Jacob Buschow, from Pomona; Anthony Coleman, from Chino; Timothy Jacquemain, from Pomona; Andrew Swindle, from Pomona.

According to the Riverside Sheriff's Department, before the attempted robbery and the shooting of Bishop Antonio Garduno at Our Lady of Tepeyac church in Home Gardens Tuesday night, the suspects robbed three restaurants.

Bishop Garduno was rushed to Riverside Community Hospital, where he was recovering Thursday.

Shortly after the shooting and the robbery, another robbery took place at a restaurant in Corona. The first suspect was arrested there by police. The other four were taken into custody by two other law enforcement agencies.

"This is another good example of collaborative law enforcement, because of the fact we had five suspects, we had no idea of their intentions during this crime spree, and again, because now they are in jail, they are not going to be out there, terrorizing any more neighborhoods," said Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez, Riverside County Sheriff's Dept.

Officials in several jurisdictions are deciding what charges are going to be filed against the five, the most serious of course would be attempted murder.

Bail and arraignment details were not known Thursday.

Report Typo |  Send Tip |  Get Alerts | Most Popular
Follow @abc7 on Twitter  |  Become a fan on Facebook


Load Comments