OC Christmas Burglar Shot

Staff Reports

Fullerton– A man has been charged for burglarizing a home on Christmas and fleeing the scene after being shot by the homeowner.

Jeremy William Bell, 29, of Fullerton, has been charged with one felony count each of First Degree Residential Burglary, Aggravated Assault, Attempted First Degree Residential Burglary, with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon, and a prior prison conviction in 2012 in Riverside County for a felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of nine years and four months in state prison.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 24, 2014, Bell is accused of attempting to break into an Anaheim home. He is accused of removing the sliding screen door of a room at the residence, but was unable to get inside. The family inside the home noticed an unknown man wearing a ski mask and contacted 911. The defendant is accused of fleeing the scene. Anaheim Police Department (APD) officers arrived at the residence, but were unable to locate the defendant.

At approximately 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 25, 2014, Bell is accused of breaking into an Anaheim home in a different neighborhood by gaining access inside the home’s closed garage. The homeowner heard noises coming from the garage and went to investigate. The defendant is accused of striking the homeowner in the face with a metal wrench as the victim opened the garage door. The homeowner ran back inside the home and retrieved a shotgun. The defendant is accused of fleeing the scene and stealing items from the residence after seeing the homeowner armed with a shotgun.

The homeowner fired one round of birdshot which struck the defendant in the back. APD arrived at the scene and arrested the suspect after finding him hiding outside a nearby garage at a different residence.

Bell is being held on $500,000 bail and was scheduled for pre-trial on Wed., Jan. 7, at the North Justice Center in Fullerton.

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