12/29/2014 12:36PM

Jockey Suarez shot after allegedly breaking into apartment

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Angel Suarez, a finalist for the 2012 Eclipse Award for top apprentice jockey, was in critical condition Monday after being shot in an apartment that he broke into near Parx racetrack in suburban Philadelphia on Sunday night and allegedly assaulting two people in it, according to Bensalem, Pa., police.

According to police, Suarez was shot twice by an unnamed resident of the apartment. The incident occurred after a woman in an upstairs apartment called 911 at 8:25 p.m. to complain about a man on her deck who was masturbating. The woman left the apartment after calling 911 to seek shelter in a neighboring apartment.

Police said Suarez, 21, entered the woman’s apartment after she called 911 but then quickly exited by jumping out of the second-floor bedroom window. He then gained entry to a nearby first-floor apartment and assaulted the two people inside before being shot twice by one of the residents and subdued by police who were just arriving on the scene.

Through Sunday, Suarez had won 58 races this year from 539 mounts. In 2012, riding almost exclusively at Pennsylvania tracks, he won 151 races and led the nation in purse earnings among apprentices with $3.4 million. He finished second in the Eclipse Award voting for apprentice jockeys that year. 

A native of Puerto Rico, Suarez attended a jockeys’ school there. He won with his first mount in Puerto Rico in 2012 before coming to the United States.

According to police, Suarez will be charged with burglary, assault, “and related offenses” once his condition improves. Police said the man who shot Suarez had a legally registered firearm and is cooperating with police. An investigation into the incident is ongoing, police said.

Patricia Arentsen More than 1 year ago
Unless you personally know this person let's remember he is a human being. We all have our demon's.
Matthew Linda Jr. More than 1 year ago
What a waste of TALENT. If you must choke-your-chicken .. Get a empty stall, next to a beautiful FILLY. In jail, he can put on 50 pounds and become an Agent. Happy New Year !!!
John Fellie More than 1 year ago
Should be ruled off for life .
Terry More than 1 year ago
YEAH SCREW HIS PROBLEM, YOU ARE SO SMART PERFECT PERSON , IBET!!!!!!!!
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
What the he//? How did anyone not see this coming? Drugs, alcohol, previous record? This kid must need help badly !!!
William More than 1 year ago
somebody tell me why these jockeys wouldnt get together and fix a lot of these races.trainers using drugs on horses. riders using drugs . i have bet on horses that looked like they they could not lose on paper only to have them break 15 lengths behind or jockeys getting a horse to close to other horses and pulling them up. if ur not an insider and dont no what going on at all these tracks there is no future in making money. i give up at this game
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
Any news on this lockout? Its been month plus and still not allowed to play tracks as PA resident. I'm about to quit this game all together and find new hobby. Its not worth the aggravation.
Robert Mendoza More than 1 year ago
Crack, Meth, Coke, take your pic! Dumb butthead!
Walter More than 1 year ago
Maybe he was trying to cut weight? Science say it's 200 calories a shot.
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
the TV Show Banshee can use this story
raymond More than 1 year ago
Woman calls police as intruder on porch with a magnifying glass and pair of tweezers tries finding it so he can make cheese.