The Irvine Police Department has arrested a suspect in a series of attempted residential burglaries that occurred Saturday night and Sunday morning in Irvine. Jamon Rayon Buggs (age 44 - DOB 8/13/74), of Huntington Beach, is also suspected of firing a handgun at one of the residences that he attempted to burglarize.
The first attempted burglary occurred Saturday, April 20 at 11:35 p.m. and was interrupted by the resident who heard a noise on their second story balcony. The suspect was scared off after being seen and while fleeing, fired a single round from a handgun which lodged into the exterior of the residence.
A second attempted burglary occurred Sunday, April 21 at 5:00 a.m. This attempt was reported later in the afternoon when the resident reviewed home surveillance video and saw the suspect had attempted to open the front door. No entry was made and the suspect immediately left the area on foot.
On Monday, April 22 at approximately 12:15 a.m., Irvine Police detectives were conducting surveillance in the neighborhood of the two attempted residential burglaries when they observed a suspicious vehicle. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle and a short pursuit ensued into an adjacent neighborhood. The suspect abandoned his vehicle after a minor collision with a parked car and ran into a nearby backyard. With the assistance of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Anaheim Police Department helicopters, officers were able to contain the suspect and evacuate the impacted residents. At some point during the event the suspect broke into an unoccupied home. The Irvine Police SWAT team ultimately responded to assist in apprehending the suspect.
At approximately 4:00 a.m., the suspect ran from the home in an attempt to flee and was detained by officers without incident.
Buggs was arrested and booked at Orange County Jail for Evading a Police Officer, Attempted Burglary, Shooting into an Inhabited Dwelling, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and Hit and Run.
The investigation into this case is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Victor Chang at 949-724-7432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.