Ray Coleman, 23, of North Fork, is now behind bars after having eluded deputies for more than three days following a violent break-in at a home in the Bass Lake Annex on Nov. 18.
Shortly after midnight this morning, Madera County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a vehicle stop in the area of Old Central Camp Road and Road 222. One of the occupants of the vehicle was Ray Coleman; he was arrested without incident.
Coleman and Alvin McDonald III are the two men identified by the Sheriff’s Office as having forced their way into a home in the 36000 block of Cedar Lane at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening, violently assaulting a 77-year-old woman and robbing the home.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the suspects made off with a handgun, a wedding ring and a set of keys. The firearm has since been recovered.
The female resident resisted the intruders and suffered at least one severe blow to the head, according to the Sheriff’s Office. She was airlifted to a Valley hospital, and remains in critical condition.
Both men are accused of attempted murder, strong-arm robbery, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon-firearm, elder abuse, conspiracy, and using a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Coleman is being held on a $1,100,000 bond.
The investigation is continuing at this hour and anyone who may have any information regarding this case is urged to call the Madera County Sheriff’s Office at 559-675-7770.