Suspected Christmas burglar in Anaheim in custody after being shot by resident


A man is in custody and being treated for a shotgun blast to the back by a resident after he attempted to burglarize a home in Anaheim and was seen trying to enter another, Anaheim police said.

Jeremy William Bell, 29, of Fullerton is being treated for injuries that are not life threatening, the Anaheim PD said in a news release Thursday. He is expected to face robbery and other charges.

Bell had injuries to his back that appeared to be related to a gunshot fired by a male resident, police said.

Bell is suspected of first trying to break into a home in the 8300 block of E. Quiet Canyon Court at around 11:30 p.m. Christmas Eve, police said. A male homeowner saw a male with a ski mask trying to break into a downstairs window of his home, but before police arrived the suspect fled on foot and was not located during an area search.

On Christmas morning at about 3:30 a.m., Anaheim Police were called to a home in the 900 block of S. Country Glen Way regarding a burglary in progress.

A homeowner found a male wearing a black ski mask inside his home. The male resident confronted the suspect and a physical altercation ensued, according to the news release.

During the altercation, the suspect struck the male resident with a metal object believed to be a wrench. The resident was not seriously injured, police said.

The male resident retrieved a shotgun kept inside the home. As the suspect began to flee, the male resident fired one shot at the suspect.

The suspect continued to run and quickly was out of sight, according to the news release.

Anaheim officers established a perimeter and police canines responded to the scene.

Shortly before 5 a.m., Bell was located in the garage of a home in the 1000 block of S. Country Glen Way. He was taken into custody without incident.

The investigation is continuing.