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Two charged in theater shooting; another suspect sought

Posted October 26, 2008
Updated October 27, 2008

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— As Raleigh police search for a man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a movie theater manager, two men are due in court Monday afternoon to also face charges in connection with the crime.

Theater manager Mark Douglas Buhaug, 48, was shot during a robbery Friday evening at the ticket booth of Marquee Cinemas, 10600 Common Oaks Drive.

Police obtained an arrest warrant Saturday charging Anthony Joseph Bimbo, 40, of Orchard Oriole Trail in Wake Forest, with Buhaug's death.

Bimbo remained at large Sunday evening. He was considered armed and dangerous, police said. Bimbo is white, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 215 pounds.

Jason Anthony Zilinski, 18, and Ryan Michael Becker, 19, were also charged with murder in connection with Buhaug's slaying. Zilinski and Becker recently graduated from Wake Forest Rolesville High School and were students at WakeTech, officials said. 

Bimbo and Zilinski lived in the same house, police said.  Additional information about how the teens are linked to Bimbo was not released.

Billy Stiles, a friend of Buhaug and assistant manager of the theater, said Friday night’s shooting was not the first time the cinema has been targeted.

He said he became the victim of a crime last year while taking the theater’s bank deposit to his car.

"They shot three bullets at me. They all hit the vehicle. None of them hit me, thank God,” Stiles said.

Marquee Cinemas planned to release a statement Monday about the shooting.

“We'd just like to see them get caught, so hopefully they can't do it again,” Stiles said.

Anyone with information about Bimbo’s whereabouts is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Detective Division at 919- 996-3555 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-CRIME.

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  • Tom Morrow Oct 27, 2008

    "as said last week crime can happen anywhere. folks better stop stereotyping an area."

    While you are absolutely correct in saying that crime can happen anywhere, there are areas where crime is statistically more likely to happen... one of those places is NOT a suburban movie theatre.

  • highergame4me Oct 27, 2008

    Definitely praying for the family of the victim and all of those involved, also praying that THE 40 YEAR OLD SHOOTER will be found/caught/arrested/locked up/no bond ASAP!

  • gunny462 Oct 27, 2008

    "Hopefully, the justice system will start to make examples out of people like this. As of now the criminals are not fearful of the justice system"

    Couldn't agree more

  • wakemom Oct 27, 2008

    This is a nice suburb theater.
    NC Native 56

    as said last week crime can happen anywhere. folks better stop stereotyping an area.

  • Tarheel True Oct 27, 2008

    This is a nice suburb theater.

    Hopefully, the justice system will start to make examples out of people like this. As of now the criminals are not fearful of the justice system.

  • FullOfId Oct 27, 2008

    They could have just taken the money and ran - why do criminals have to kill? Don't they realize they will most likely get caught...and instead of serving time for an armed robbery, now you are in for a life sentence for murder.

  • Mrs Fabulous 1 Oct 27, 2008

    What is wrong with people these days? Is drugs the blame here? This is so so sad. The poor guy was only doing his job.

    I must add, if someon came to rob my job, whatever they ask for, they could have it. It's not worth my life. The sad thing is, if you tell them the truth and say you do not have it, they'll shoot you. Actually let me retrack, these days in time, they'll shoot you whether you have it or not. smh

    Praying for the family.