Police arrest third suspect in beating, robbery of 75-year-old man

Police arrest third suspect in beating, robbery of 75-year-old man
John Bach

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Police arrested their final suspect in last month’s beating and robbery of a 75-year-old man in Lyons, Ore.

After responding to a disturbance call shortly after 4 a.m. Tuesday in Springfield, police learned that 32-year-old David James Gonzalez Jr. of Mill City had recently left. They tracked him down a few minutes later and charged him with attempted murder, robbery, kidnapping, assault, theft, burglary and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

John Bach was renting rooms to Jonathan Foster, Foster’s girlfriend – Justina Chilcote – and Foster’s mother, Wanda Foster.

Bach told KATU his tenants were involved in two fights at his home within the first two weeks of living there. He said he believes the Aug. 23 attack was retaliation after he tried to get the family out of his house.

“Here’s Jonathan in the doorway, ‘you’re a dead MF!’ and run over to the bed and just hit me alongside the head,” Bach said. “Knocked me down on the bed, grabbed a pillow and put it over my face and was shoving it.

“I hollered for help once and he took the pillow off and just started ‘kapow, kapow, kapow,’ both sides of my head. He’s just pushing on that pillow like mad, ‘you’re gonna die, you’re gonna die.’”

When Linn County Sheriff’s deputies showed up at his home, they found Bach unconscious in his bedroom. Wanda Foster had called 911 around 1:30 a.m. to report she had been tied up and robbed as well at the home on Lyons Mill City Dr.

Bach’s truck was missing, and he said Gonzalez, Jonathan Foster and Chilcote stole everything from money to canned food from his home.

As deputies were investigating, they got a call from Salem police that Bach’s pickup had been involved in a hit and run in downtown Salem. They found the abandoned truck not far away.

Foster and Chilcote later turned themselves in and were charged with multiple felony counts.

“I ain’t a real religious guy but I believe in the good Lord and he must have been on my side that day,” Bach said shortly after the attack.