Person of interest in Mr. & Mrs. Giuntini homicide was killed during jewelry store robbery in Torrance
APPLE VALLEY CALIF: (VVNG.com) A day after Victor Valley News posted an article regarding lack of information pertaining to the murders of an elderly couple, as well as another attempted home invasion, deputies released new information to the public.
As fear gripped residents of the town of Apple Valley, little information was released by authorities as they were working to identify the person responsible for the murder of an elderly couple. An intense investigation has continued since the heartbreaking discovery of Mr. and Mrs. Giuntini , found murdered in their garage on February 29, 2016.
Evidence was gathered through a string of crimes recently committed, leading investigators to a person of interest in the investigation. The evidence has been sent away to be scientifically determined. The person of interest has been identified as Keon Bailey, a 20-year-old Lancaster resident that was released on parole on February 18, 2016.
Bailey had an extensive criminal history which included burglary, possession of stolen property, rape, grand theft, trespassing and sexual battery. His most recent run-in with the law was his burglary and receiving stolen property conviction, where he served around 21 months at the California Institution for Men in Chino. He was released with 3 years parole, during which time he allegedly commited the string of crimes including the heinous murder of the elderly Apple Valley couple.
Just before the murder of the Giuntini’s, a couple in their 90’s, an armed robbery occurred at Neil’s Donuts in the 15700 block of Tuscola Road on February 28th at around 10:55 a.m. Surveillance footage from the donut shop was recovered and positive identification of Keon Bailey was confirmed on March 9th.
On March 6, 2016 an elderly woman was targeted in a home invasion robbery in the 15600 block of Myalon Road. The suspect held the woman at gunpoint, assaulted her and fled the scene with jewelry belonging to her.
Evidence was recovered from the home invasion robbery that was consistent with the donut shop robbery and the murder of the Giuntini’s.
On March 8th just before noon, an armed man entered a Jewelry store located at 18099 Prairie Avenue in Torrance. The jewelry store owner also had a gun and fired at the armed robber. The robber died as a result of the gunshot wound, and although there was a gun believed to belong to the deceased robber there was no identification. The suspect was later positively identified as Keon Bailey.
The store owner was not injured during the botched robbery. Bailey was found to be in possession of property reported to be stolen from the Apple Valley victims.
Meanwhile, a woman who has identified herself as Bailey’s wife, Tiana Bailey posted publicly on Facebook thanking everyone for the condolences and is requesting donations for his proper burial. She also announced a candlelight vigil that is being planned for the deceased suspect.
The investigations are continuing and updated information will be released as soon as it becomes available.