A Bishop resident was arrested in Riverside early Tuesday morning in connection with what officials are calling a strange string of crimes.
Shannon Lynn Jones, 25, was arrested by the Riverside Police Department at about 2 a.m. on charges of attempted murder, home invasion robbery, burglary, animal cruelty and vehicle theft.
According to the Riverside PD, dispatchers received a 911 call at about 8 a.m. Monday from residents of The Meadows mobile home park in the La Sierra neighborhood of Riverside reporting that their 80-year-old neighbor had been found in her home beaten and stabbed multiple times.
The woman was treated by Riverside Fire Department and American Medical Response paramedics at the scene before being transported to a local hospital for treatment.
“She is currently in serious but stable condition with multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma to her body,” a press release from the Riverside PD states.
The PD said that patrol officers had earlier responded to two other calls at the trailer park at different mobile homes, one at 6:03 a.m. and one at 6:21 a.m. the same day.
The PD said that at 6:03, a resident reported their shed had been broken into by unknown persons that morning. At 6:21, residents in another home reported a white female, about 25 years old, had been in their home and had stabbed their dog.
“A search for the suspect was conducted at that time by patrol officers and the suspect was not located,” the press release states.
After the 911 call about the beaten and stabbed woman, Riverside PD detectives from the Robbery/Homicide Unit responded with technicians from the Forensic Evidence Unit to investigate these crimes.
“It was determined the 80 year-old woman’s vehicle was taken during what was believed to be a home invasion robbery,” the press release states. “Another car next door to her home had also been tampered with. Detectives believe all four incidents are related and believed to have been committed by the same suspect.”
Riverside Police issued a be-on-the-look-out for the victim’s vehicle, a white 1995 Toyota Camry.
The Inland Regional Apprehension Team, a unit that includes the FBI, Riverside Police, San Bernardino Police and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, located the stolen vehicle shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday.
Jones was arrested after a short vehicle pursuit in the Wildomar area of Riverside County at about 2 a.m.
The Riverside PD said she was driving the victim’s vehicle during the pursuit and “after crashing the vehicle, she ran away on foot. After a short search of the area, she was located and taken into custody without incident.”
Jones was transported to the Riverside PD for questioning and processing.