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Guilty: Man tried to kill cop while free on bail in crime rampage

An Orange County jury Thursday found a Buena Park man guilty of 25 felonies stemming from a month-long crime rampage in 2007 and the attempted murder of a police officer the following year while he was free on bail.

Jeremy Robert Bowles, 35, who was also convicted of numerous sentencing enhancements for crimes dating back to 1997, faces 72 years to life in prison.

Bowles was initially arrested in February 2007 and charged in six residential burglaries and robberies in which cars, cash, a television and power tools were stolen.

Police recovered stolen property, ammunition and methamphetamine from a Budget Inn in Santa Fe Springs where Bowles was living.

Police said he typically struck at night when his victims were asleep. In one case, however, he was accused of beating and pistol-whipping a man who awoke during the burglary of his home.

In August 2008 Bowles was released from jail pending trial on $150,000 bail. Three days after his release, authorities said Bowles broke into another home and made off with the owner’s car.

A month later, Buena Park police stopped a car carrying Bowles and co-defendant Thomas Hyong Tae Cho, who had a warrant out for his arrest.

As an officer approached their car, authorities say Bowles shot at him and missed.

Cho sped away, but the two were eventually arrested.

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-- Mike Anton

 
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