Parx Racing-based rider Angel Suarez, who was a finalist for an Eclipse Award in 2012 as outstanding apprentice jockey, is in critical condition after being shot Dec. 28 following an alleged break-in, assault, and other offenses, according to multiple Philadelphia area television news outlets.
Bensalem Township, Pa., police told the news outlets that Suarez, 21, was shot by a resident Sunday evening in an apartment Suarez had forcefully entered. Police said he assaulted two residents.
Police said the break-in followed a previous break-in at the same apartment complex where Suarez gained access to a second-floor apartment deck. A woman in the apartment called 911 after allegedly spotting the suspect masturbating on her deck. The woman then ran to a nearby apartment.
Police told the news outlets that after Suarez was apprehended, he was taken to Aria Torresdale Hospital for treatment and is listed in critical condition. They said he will be charged with burglary, assault, and related offenses once his condition improves.
Suarez has not commented. Police said the investigation is ongoing.
Suarez had three mounts at Parx Dec. 28, including a win on England in the seventh race. He has 58 wins from 539 mounts in 2014 through Dec. 28 and purse earnings of $1,446,953.
In 2012 Suarez registered 151 wins from 923 mounts that amassed purse earnings of $3,420,818.