Felony charges were filed Tuesday against an ex-con accused in a series of attempted burglaries in Irvine, including one in which he allegedly fired a bullet into a residence when spotted by a resident.
Jamon Rayon Buggs, 44, of Huntington Beach is charged with attempted burglary of an inhabited dwelling, discharge of a gun at an inhabited dwelling, possession of a firearm by a felon, and leading police on a chase, all felonies, as well as a misdemeanor count of hit-and-run with property damage and a sentencing enhancement allegation of being armed with a gun in the commission of a felony.
The initial attempted break-in occurred about 11:35 p.m. lsat Saturday, but the burglar ran off when a resident who heard the intrusion on a second-story balcony made eye contact with the suspect, according to Irvine police Lt. Dave Klug. While fleeing, Buggs allegedly fired a bullet into the residence.
Another attempted break-in happened about 5 a.m. Sunday. Surveillance video shows the man leaving when he failed to open the front door, Klug said.
Both burglary attempts happened in the vicinity of Harvard Avenue and Barranca Parkway, police said.
About 12:15 a.m. Monday, Irvine police patrolling in the area of the break-ins saw a suspicious vehicle and attempted to pull over the driver, who refused and led officers on a short chase, Klug said. Buggs bailed from the car and ran off following a minor collision with a parked car, Klug said.
The suspect then allegedly broke into an unoccupied residence and was taken into custody about 4 a.m. when he tried to run from the home, the lieutenant said.
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