Five men charged in robberies, shooting of church bishop

| September 22, 2009

Prosecutors charged five men Monday in connection with the shooting of a church bishop in Home Gardens during an armed robbery spree.

All of the men — Willis Bagley, 38, of Perris, and Pomona residents Jacob Buschow, 19, Anthony Coleman, 21, Andrew Swindle, 23, and Timothy Jacquemain, 18 — were charged with attempted murder, using a firearm to cause great bodily injury and robbery, according to a news release from the Riverside County district attorney’s office.

Coleman also was charged with evading arrest for allegedly leading CHP officers on a pursuit.

The men are accused in a nine-hour, two-county crime spree that started Sept. 15 at an International House of Pancakes in Industry. Robbers then hit Denny’s restaurants in Rowland Heights and Pomona within 45 minutes, said Riverside County sheriff’s officials.

The robbers passed a Denny’s on McKinley Street near Magnolia Avenue in Corona but targeted Our Lady of Tepeyac church around the corner.

Sheriff’s officials said the robbers may have seen the church as an easy target because the light was on around 10 p.m.

Bishop Antonio Garduno, 51, who lives on the property, was shot in the stomach when he went outside to investigate a noise, sheriff’s officials reported.

Garduno is expected to survive.

Authorities believe the robbers hit Denny’s restaurants in Norco and Corona before being arrested.

The men are scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 30. If convicted, each faces up to life in prison.

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