Search continues for Bass Lake home invasion suspect

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The manhunt continues for a suspect tied to a violent home invasion robbery that left a senior citizen hospitalized. 

It happened around 7:30 Saturday evening on Cedar Lane near Bass Lake. 

The victim is a 77-year-old woman and she remains in critical condition at Community Regional Medical Center. The Madera County Sheriff’s Office said she was attacked by two intruders who forced their way into their home. 

The search intensifying for Ray Coleman, 23, of North Fork. Investigators said Coleman and Alvin McDonald III, 18, forced their way inside an elderly woman’s home near Bass Lake, attacking her and leaving her for dead. 

“It’s pretty heinous if you think about it,” said Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney. 

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is trying to figure out if this was a random or targeted attack. The elderly woman was home with her adult son who was not hurt. 

“Perhaps they forced their way in after knocking on the door,” said Sheriff Varney. 

Sheriff Varney said the intruders stole a gun from the home which they used to beat the victim, as well as a gold ring and a set of keys. 

Lanai Strawn lives in Bass Lake and works at a grocery store. She said this type of crime is unusual for the area.

“It’s terrible. It’s kinda terrifying. I’m a single person who stays up here by myself,” she said. 

Others are taking comfort after learning one of the suspects was captured.

“That’s a relief they know who it is, that they caught one of them,” said Delton Fair who is visiting Bass Lake. “Hopefully they can find the other one before anything else happens.”

Deputies are working late into the night checking the North Fork and Auberry areas where Coleman is known to stay. 

According to Sierra News, a Ray Coleman was a suspect in a shooting in early 2016, and was arrested for allegedly stabbing someone the year before.

Residents said his next arrest can’t come soon enough.

“Most of the local people out here watch out for each other,” said Strawn.

McDonald was arrested for attempted murder, robbery, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, conspiracy, and using a firearm during the commission of a felony. 

Madera County Sheriff’s Office said Coleman will be arrested for the same charges.

Anyone with information on Coleman’s whereabouts is asked to call the Madera County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP.

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