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Man Who Allegedly Burgled Local Home Convicted of Attempted Murder

A jury found Jeremy Robert Bowles guilty of trying to shoot a police officer in Buena Park, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.

A man who went on a 2007 Orange County burglary spree -- which allegedly included a Fountain Valley home -- and who a year later opened fire on a pursuing police officer during a chase in Buena Park was convicted today of multiple felonies, including the attempted murder of a peace officer.

Jeremy Robert Bowles was also convicted of counts including robbery, burglary and grand theft. He is set to be sentenced Dec. 7.

Bowles faces a maximum sentence of 72 years and eight months to life in state prison at his sentencing Dec. 7 at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-40, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

An attorney for Bowles contended during the trial that police arrested the wrong man following the Sept. 18, 2008, morning rush-hour chase on the Santa Ana Freeway.

Prosecutors said Bowles initially eluded a police search of a neighborhood at the end of the chase, forcing a teenager to hide him in the trunk of a car and drive him out of the police perimeter.

Deputy District Attorney Dan Varon said Bowles broke into seven homes
between Feb. 4 and Feb. 23, 2007, in Fullerton, Fountain Valley, Cerritos and La Mirada, sometimes when the residents were home, and took belongings including three cars, power tools, a flat-screen TV, a purse with $100 in cash and a gun. One victim was an Orange County Fire Authority firefighter, Varon added.

Police tracked down Bowles and the firefighter's stolen Lexus at a motel Feb. 25, 2007, Varon said. Police recovered much of the stolen property in the motel room, including the firefighter's cell phone, which had a picture of Bowles in it that was apparently taken by the defendant, Varon said.

Bowles was free on bail more than a year later when he stole a car in Buena Park Aug. 28, 2008, according to the prosecutor, who said the defendant's fingerprints were found on the vehicle when it was recovered.

At about 8:30 a.m. Sept. 18, 2008, Buena Park police Officer Pedro Montez pulled over a car with Cho and Bowles inside near the northbound onramp of the Santa Ana (5) Freeway at Artesia Boulevard, Varon said.

"Just as (Montez) was getting out of the car he sees the defendant reach out of the car and pull the trigger,” Varon said.

Co-defendant Thomas Cho, who was driving, sped onto the freeway, and the defendant opened fire again, Varon said.

At speeds exceeding 80 mph, the gunman leaned out of the vehicle again and “squeezes off another three shots,” Varon said, adding that no one was hurt in the chase or shooting.

The chase continued on Valley View Avenue into La Mirada, where Bowles hopped out, but Cho stopped a short distance away, Varon said.

Police set up a perimeter in search of the gunman and eventually detained an out-of-breath man named Yojhan Pinzon, but he was later released because he was not believed to be the shooter, Varon said.

Meanwhile, Bowles broke into a home within the police containment area, the prosecutor said. One of the residents, then-17-year-old Victor Ramirez Jr., helped Bowles hide because he was afraid the intruder would hurt his family, Varon said. Ramirez eventually put Bowles in the trunk of his car and drove him outside the police search area, the prosecutor told jurors.

Bowles' attorney, Gassia Apkarian, acknowledged that her client was guilty of the thefts and that he confessed as much to police when he was eventually arrested.

But Apkarian insisted that Pinzon more closely matched the description of the shooter involved in the chase.

Co-defendant Thomas Cho, who was driving the car, was convicted March 22 of shooting from the vehicle at a police officer, assault with a deadly weapon and reckless evasion, and he was sentenced May 18 to 13 years in prison, according to his attorney Elia Naqvi.

The jury acquitted Cho of attempted murder on a police officer, which would have netted the defendant 15 years to life in prison.

--City News Service

John Etheridge October 19, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Looks like a real winner!
Christina Campisi October 22, 2012 at 09:09 AM
You do not look any better than him or anyone else for judging another human being. Leave the judging up to our holy savior.
Judge Judy October 22, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I think the judging was already done by a judge and a group of his peers. True, good people do bad things, but who are they to "judge" their victims and say that they deserved to be preyed upon? Bottom line is, do the crime, get caught, do the time.
Christina Campisi October 22, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Obviously, if u knew the details of his case u would know that he didn't physically hurt anyone. There are a lot of people in this world who are addicted to certain things. Addiction in any way, shape, or form is a disease. If everyone who has a disease due to addiction got punished so severely then the entire world be made of mostly prisons. How is that fair?? & when has it ever been okay for peace officers or anyone else for that matter to commit perjury in any court??!! & why doesn't a peace officer get crucified & punished for committing this crime? How can a person be convicted of a crime simply because of his past?? That is not justice. Whatever happened to good old fashion true facts & actual solid evidence to convict a person?? Not lies & dishonesty & hear-say from unreliable sources. Montez had a hard-on for this guy, he was already caught lying several times during this case & the co-defendants case.
Joker Joe October 22, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Christina Campisi Please vote our holy savior out of office Nov. 4.
Judge Judy October 23, 2012 at 04:58 AM
I never said he hurt anyone physically, but how many more people are worried now because they know someone can and has just walked into their home? How does this affect the personal anxiety of the familes he has intruded on? How many poeple no longer feel safe in their own home? No, I'm not judging him, I'm more concerned of the emotional well being of the people affected by his actions. If you truly believe in our holy savior, then you will have faith that he has a bigger plan for Jeremy. I honestly hope things look better for EVERYONE involved in his actions. Maybe everyone deserves better. I wish you luck.
Robin Arthur November 16, 2012 at 04:25 AM
I don't know what really happen as most of us don't know. Those involved do know the truth and God and is the one that really matter. What I do know is that there are too many men and women who are wrongly incarcerated for crimes that they didn't do. I pray that this man appeals this and if he isn't guilty of all these charges then let the truth be known and THE TRUTH SHALL SET US ALL FREE. He and his family and loved ones are in my prayers.

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