Home invasion suspects assault 75-year-old

David James Gonzales Jr., 32, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 23, in connection with a home invasion robbery in Lyons, Ore., on Aug. 23, 2013. Two other suspects are in custody in the case. (Linn County Jail)
David James Gonzales Jr., 32, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 23, in connection with a home invasion robbery in Lyons, Ore., on Aug. 23, 2013. Two other suspects are in custody in the case. (Linn County Jail)

(KOIN) – Authorities say they have captured the third and final suspect who was part of a group who ransacked a home in Lyons, Ore., last month, tied up its elderly residents and assaulted a 75-year-old man in the process.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office reports that 32-year-old David James Gonzales Jr. of Mill City was arrested early Tuesday morning during an unrelated disturbance in Springfield, Ore. He faces charges of attempted murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, first-degree theft, first-degree burglary and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

In the early morning hours of Aug. 23, the sheriff’s office alleges that Gonzales and two others robbed the home of 67-year-old Wanda Lee Foster. They tied up her and her tenant, 75-year-old John Ivan Bach.

Investigators learned that Foster allowed the men in, one of whom was armed with a pistol. After they assaulted Bach, they stole his wallet, along with several other items. They then fled in his 1995 Dodge Ram pickup truck. The attack was not random, the sheriff’s office said, and the men knew both Foster and Bach prior to the incident. What motivated the attack was not disclosed.

Deputies arrived to find Bach unconscious because he had been tied up in such a way that his airflow was restricted. He was taken to Salem Regional Health Center. His current condition is unknown.

Investigators later learned that following the home invasion, Bach’s pickup truck was involved in a hit-and-run accident with another vehicle in Salem. The driver of that vehicle was injured and had to be transported to a hospital. The truck was then found abandoned near the crash site.

On the evening of Aug. 23, two of the suspects turned themselves in deputies. They were identified as 31-year-old Jonathan James Foster and 24-year-old Justina Jean Chilcote, both of Mill City. They face similar charges to Gonzales.

All three are lodged in the Linn County Jail.

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