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Theater-shooting suspect arrested

Posted October 28, 2008 9:58 a.m. EDT
Updated October 29, 2008 10:39 a.m. EDT

— 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.