An Escondido man arrested after he pulled a gun on his ex girlfriend and attempted to evade police by running into a nearby movie theatre has pled not guilty. Defendant Tom Billodeaux, 22, is currently being held at the Vista Detention Facility on $2 million bail. He is being charged with a number of crimes including three counts of felony assault with a firearm and three counts of criminal threats.
The cost to arrange bail bonds in Vista will be 10% of the total bail amount, meaning the cost to hire a bondsman in this case would be $200,000. Collateral will also be needed to secure a bond of this size, and the agent may also require the person cosigning the contract have good credit.
Defendant Billodeaux is reportedly believed to have followed his ex-girlfriend to the parking lot of the shopping center where she worked on the afternoon of the 16th. The two had an altercation and the young woman was able to get away with the help of friends and co-workers. Witnesses called police to let them know an incident had taken place and the suspect was in possession of a gun.
Responding officers tracked the man into the Reading Cinemas Caramel Mountain 12 and located him in a theater that was showing Les Miserables. Defendant Billodeaux initially complied to officers’ verbal requests but several seconds he reached into his lap and pulled a gun. He pointed it at one of the officers.
Police opened fire. The suspect was struck in the arm and in the chest. No one else was hurt. Billodeaux was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital to receive medical treatment. His next hearing is scheduled to take place on Jan. 30. If convicted he could face a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.