Police Tuesday released the name of a man who allegedly shot and critically wounded a Desert Hot Springs resident during a home invasion robbery, then led police on a chase on a motorcycle before being taken into custody.
Altonia Vontae Jackson Jr., 22, was booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of attempted murder, home invasion robbery, carjacking and several other potential charges, according to Desert Hot Springs police Detective Christopher Tooth.
The victim, identified on a GoFundMe page as Domenic “Butch” Tallarita, was shot five times, including in the head, at 6:45 a.m. Sunday in the 9700 block of Vista Del Valle and was hospitalized in critical condition at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.
Responding officers spotted Jackson fleeing on a motorcycle and gave chase. The pursuit, which went through Desert Hot Springs and North Palm Springs, ended with his arrest on Indian Canyon Drive, just south of Interstate 10, police said.
Family members and friends are attempting to raise $20,000 to pay for Tallarita’s medical expenses. According to the GoFundMe page created Tuesday, the suspect was trying to steal a dirt bike out of Tallarita’s garage just before the shots rang out.
“Butch is an amazing man and would give anything to anyone no questions asked,” the page reads. “We appreciate everyone of you who has been there for us during this hard time. We are confident he will make it through this.”
Jackson was being held at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning in lieu of $2.1 million bail, according to jail records. He was expected to make his initial court appearance on Wednesday.
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–City News Service
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