Victim Found Dead In Parking Lot
POSTED: 11:07 am PDT May 18, 2009
UPDATED: 7:20 pm PDT May 18, 2009
CARMICHAEL, Calif. -- A shop owner allegedly shot and killed a burglary suspect at a Carmichael shopping center early Monday, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said.
Officials said 65-year-old Bill Dunbar, who runs a coin and jewelry shop at Marconi and Walnut avenues, opened fire on two burglary suspects shortly after 4 a.m., sheriff's Sgt. Tim Curran said.
Sergio Antonio Arauza Perp DOA! Pictured above
One of the burglary suspects was hit and died in the parking lot. The other suspect, identified as 21-year-old Sergio Antonio Arauza, got away but was found nearby and arrested, Curran added.
The deceased was identified as the suspect's brother, 24-year-old Vincent Arauza Jr.
Authorities said the same shop was also burglarized on April 29. The two burglary suspects may be linked to other recent early morning break-ins, Curran said.
Curran said Dunbar was inside the store when he noticed two people wearing black ski masks trying to break in.
Dunbar called 911 for help. While Dunbar was on the phone, a dispatcher could hear several shots being fired, Curran said.
The shooting victim's body was found about 50 feet from the front of the store. Dunbar told a 911 dispatcher that he could see Sergio Arauza trying to help his injured accomplice, but Sergio Arauza eventually fled.
Deputies arrived to find the shooting victim lying in the parking lot. The suspect, who had at least one gunshot wound to the upper body, was pronounced dead at the scene.
At 5:18 a.m., deputies searching the area detained Sergio Arauza at the corner of Marconi Avenue and Eastern Avenue. On Monday afternoon, he was booked into jail on suspicion of burglary and violating probation. Bail was set at $100,500.
Arauza and his brother were believed to have ridden in a maroon Toyota Camry that was later found outside the shop.
The car contained some items that investigators believe were stolen.
Curran added it was unclear if Dunbar will face any charges. The case will be forwarded to the district attorney's office for review.
The store remained closed for the day. Glass on the front door was shattered by the gunfire.
Authorities said Dunbar was at the store early Monday to look on the Web to set his trading prices for the day.