On April 22, 2019, an ex-con, 44-year-old Jamon Rayon Buggs, was arrested on suspicion of multiple attempted burglaries in the city of Irvine. Buggs was booked on multiple charges including, suspicion of attempted burglary, possession of a firearm by a felon, shooting into an inhabited dwelling, and evading police.
The first attempted break-in took place at around 11:35 pm on Saturday. But, Buggs fled when a resident, who heard the intrusion on a second-story balcony, made direct eye contact with him. As he was fleeing, Buggs allegedly fired a bullet into the residence. An additonal attempted break-in occurred at around 5 am on Sunday.
A surveillance video shows Buggs leaving the residence when he failed to open the front door. Both of these burglary attempts occurred in the vicinity of Harvard Avenue and Barranca Parkway. At about 12:15 am Monday, Irvine police patrolling the area of the break-ins spotted a suspicious vehicle and attempted to pull over the driver, who refused, and led officers on a brief chase.
Following a minor collision with a parked car, Buggs bailed from the car and ran off. While the police continued the pursuit, Buggs allegedly broke into an unoccupied home. He was taken into custody at about 4 am when he tried to run from the home.