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Theater-shooting suspect arrested

Posted October 28, 2008
Updated October 29, 2008

— A Wake Forest man wanted in the Friday night shooting death of a Raleigh movie theater manager was arrested late Monday in New Jersey, police said.

Police had sought Anthony Joseph Bimbo, 40, of 5405 Orchard Oriole Trail, since late Friday, when a masked gunman shot Mark Douglas Buhaug, 48, during a robbery attempt at Marquee Cinema, 10600 Common Oaks Drive.

Two New Jersey state troopers recognized a stolen 2007 Toyota Sienna minivan from an alert about Bimbo that was issued to law enforcement agencies, and the troopers arrested Bimbo at a New Jersey Turnpike rest stop north of Trenton, N.J., authorities said.

Troopers recovered a .38-caliber revolver from the driver's side door of the minivan, which had stolen Missouri license plates on it, authorities said. He was charged with receiving stolen property, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and certain persons not to possess a weapon, authorities said.

Two other men – Ryan Becker, 19, and Jason Zilinski, 18 – have already been charged with murder in the case. Both were denied bond Monday during their initial court appearance.

Theater employees said Zilinski worked at the theater and lived with Bimbo, whom neighbors said was his stepfather.

According to court records, Bimbo married Zilinski's mother in 2003, and they separated in January 2008. A court order told Bimbo to leave their house by Nov. 1.

A 911 caller told police that the gunman, who was white and middle-aged, then hopped on a bike but ditched it behind the theater. He got in a new, four-door Honda Accura with its lights off. Two other people were in the car, the caller said.

The caller said that the gunman left behind the money at the theater.

Wake Forest police also have charged Bimbo with felony breaking and entering and robbery with a dangerous weapon in a Saturday morning break-in.

Investigators said they believe he broke into a home in the Caddell Woods subdivision – about 1.3 miles from his home – using a handgun to force himself into the front door of the residence and get a woman to give him the keys to her vehicle. They said he drove off in her silver Toyota Sienna.

Bimbo was arrested last month on charges of breaking and entering and obtaining property by false pretense in connection with an August break-in at a house on Chimney Swift Drive in Wake Forest. More than $23,000 worth of items was stolen from the home.

Buhaug, a 25-year veteran of the theater, had managed Marquee Cinemas since August 2005. A memorial for Buhaug will be held at the theater at 9 p.m. Thursday. The service will be open to the public.


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  • dbok3 Oct 31, 2008

    Take a bow RPD AND WFPD I believe I saw both agencies cars there Gatsby. If i'm not mistaken same team or is that just in WF?

  • highergame4me Oct 29, 2008

    Thank You WRAL for posting this story and letting us know that this guy has been captured. Also, thanks to the Troopers for their dedication!

  • Now_Really Oct 28, 2008

    This really is sad, I know one of the young men involved, he went to school with my daughter. Nice young man, apparently guided poorly by his 'role models'. Bi mbo is his step father, so I have to wonder what the Mother is thinking about now... she bought this man into his life, and now her son's life has definately changed.

  • CarolinianByChoice Oct 28, 2008

    Geez, that guy looks really ticked off at the world in his photo - guess I would be pretty upset too if I was going to put in jail with a name like B im bo! LOL

  • Blue Shirt Oct 28, 2008

    An alert State Trooper in New Jersey; thank God for the Cops!

  • tbone0918 Oct 28, 2008

    The boy that worked there was the mans step-son.
    He was even working that night. Was supposed to work till 11 and disappeared after the shooting at 10.
    His coworkers are angry and in shock. Not sure where secruity was at the time of the shooting. The Marquee covered up the past three robbery attempts. We tried contacting the police about them at least riding by but they said they were understaffed. the Marquee should have done more. Our daughter worked there for two years, she was on seasonal rotation because of college but won't be going back. Not that she even could. That place was like a second home to her, now she gets sick to her stomache just thinking about the place. The boy in box on the 911 call is truely tramatized. He did a great job holding it together for his boss and friend. He doesn't think he did a good job handling it. I think he did great. No child (and that is what all the kids out there are) should have to deal with this. The Marquee needs to step up.

  • Imagine 722 Oct 28, 2008

    I have been to this theater many times, and there are always cops. Why not this night? Or were there cops and just not paying attention??? Way to not be doing a job.

    Also... what was one of the accomplices doing living with this old, disgusting looking man? Maybe it had something to do with drugs?? Didn't that boy's parents teach him right?? Apparently and sadly, not.

  • roadstar2000 Oct 28, 2008

    Not sure if you have listen to the 911 call, but the young man that made the call did a great job. Thanks for being there and stepping up to the plate.

  • bmg379 Oct 28, 2008

    The caller said that the gunman left behind the money at the theater.

    sounds like this should be on dumb crook news for sure

  • fiestysp Oct 28, 2008

    I was at the Theater when this happened, didn't have a clue that any of this was going on. When the movie was over, we all were directed to go out the side door. What a surprise to come around to the front to see cops everywhere, news trucks everywhere, and crime scene tape everywhere!