Parx jockey remains in critical condition after bizarre break-in

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Jockey Angel Suarez. (Photo by Kim Pratt)

A renowned jockey from Bensalem remained in critical condition Tuesday from gunshot wounds he suffered after allegedly breaking into neighbors' apartments and assaulting them for reasons that remain unknown.

Angel Suarez has been in an induced coma since being rushed to Aria Health's Torresdale campus Sunday night, Police Lt. William McVey said. Police are continuing their investigation, and the unidentified neighbor who shot him has not been charged.

The shock of the young jockey's alleged actions has yet to wear off for many at Parx Casino's racetrack, where Suarez was based.

"It's just so unreal for all of us," his former agent, Donna Servis, said Tuesday. "We're just in disbelief."

Suarez, 21, who grew up in Puerto Rico, experienced a meteoric rise as a jockey. In 2012, the year after he graduated from riding school in Puerto Rico and moved to Pennsylvania, he won 142 races and brought in more than $3 million in winnings.

Servis said she considered it only a matter of time before Suarez raced in the Kentucky Derby or another well-known stakes race.

"There was no doubt in my mind," she said. "He was destined for great things."

Police said a neighbor first saw Suarez masturbating on her deck before he broke through her sliding glass door. She fled to another apartment, and Suarez then jumped out of her second-floor window, police said.

Suarez then allegedly broke into another apartment and assaulted two people inside before one of them shot him twice. The struggle with Suarez continued until officers arrived and subdued him, police said.

Suarez faces charges of burglary and assault.

Servis said that Suarez's family was in the area and that she had been trying to help them hire a lawyer for him.

"The police have the room cordoned off," she said. "We're not allowed near him."

She added: "The bottom line is, Angel Suarez is a stand-up guy. He's an honorable man. He's got all the class in the word. I don't know what happened."


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