Police Arrest Contra Costa County Man Suspected of Raping, Killing Teen in 1980

December 12, 2017 9:31 am · 29 comments

Antioch police announced Monday evening that they have arrested a suspect in connection with the abduction, sexual assault and killing of an underage girl more than three decades ago.

In June of 1980, 14-year-old Suzanne Bombardier was taken from her sister’s home at 3421 Hudson Court, where she was babysitting. Suzanne was missing for five days before her body was found in the San Joaquin River near the Antioch Bridge, according to police.

Investigators determined that Suzanne died from a single stab wound to the chest, which penetrated her heart. They also concluded that she had been raped.

Police said they investigated the crime in the years afterward, naming numerous persons of interest and suspects.

Due to recent advances in DNA testing, earlier this year investigators were able to identify Antioch resident Mitchell Lynn Bacom, 63, as the suspect. On Monday, around 5 p.m., officers arrested Bacom on suspicion of murder, kidnapping, rape and oral copulation.

According to police, Bacom is a convicted felon.

In 1974, Bacom was convicted of burglary, assault with intent to murder and sodomy for an incident in Mountain View in 1973. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

In 1981, Bacom was again arrested and convicted of burglary, robbery, rape and sodomy for an incident in Isleton. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison.

Then in 2002, Bacom was convicted in Contra Costa County for failing to properly register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to four years in prison, police said.

Over the years, investigators with the police department and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office monitored developments in DNA testing, hoping that the advancements could help them identify a suspect
using the biological evidence collected during the initial investigation.

In 2015, the evidence was sent to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Laboratory and then earlier this year, investigators learned that Bacom was tentatively identified as the perpetrator. Additional testing led to Monday’s arrest, according to police.

Investigators will continue to investigate whether Bacom is involved in other unsolved crimes by networking with other law enforcement agencies, police said.

Anyone who may have pertinent information about Bacom’s criminal conduct is asked to contact Detective Leonard Orman at (925) 779-6918.

Kentucky Derby December 12, 2017 at 10:27 AM

He never should have been released from prison. Thank goodness for DNA.

Cellophane December 12, 2017 at 10:41 AM

To me, at least, it’s inconceivable that this scum was allowed to live.

His previous crimes should have kept him confined forever. Laws need to be carried out swiftly and harshly for the guilty.

If he is convicted of this crime, he should be put to death. If he get’s 5 years I’ll be surprised.

Simonpure December 12, 2017 at 10:43 AM

Gotcha!!! Now keep him this time so he will be on the other end of the stick.

kilo December 12, 2017 at 10:49 AM

A guy that committed a sex offense and was convicted served his time, got out, and then did it again? Weird…

That’s alright. Scott Weiner authored SB384 so we can remove people from the sex offender registry.

primo December 12, 2017 at 10:56 AM

To officers involved:
excellent job !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope that you are professionally recognized !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HolyMolyDoughnutShop December 12, 2017 at 11:09 AM

HANG THAT CHOMO!

Nutcreek Frontier December 12, 2017 at 11:11 AM

Never too late for justice, glad LE never gave up. Wonder what he was doing when Michaela Garecht was abducted from Hayward?

Teacher December 12, 2017 at 11:27 AM

“In 1974, Bacom was convicted of burglary, assault with intent to murder and sodomy for an incident in Mountain View in 1973. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

In 1981, Bacom was again arrested and convicted of burglary, robbery, rape and sodomy for an incident in Isleton. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison.

Then in 2002, Bacom was convicted in Contra Costa County for failing to properly register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to four years in prison, police said.”

The first incident should have been a 25 years to life sentence. What was wrong with that judge?

Cellophane December 12, 2017 at 11:33 AM

What was wrong with that judge?

The same thing that’s wrong with the politicians and the majority of the voters in this state.

MoJo December 12, 2017 at 11:29 AM

Agree with Kentucky Derby. If he had been given a longer sentence for his first crimes, this poor girl would still be alive. Very sad. These repeat offenders need to be led into a cement room with a drain, blindfolded and shot in the back of the head. Cheap and effective. Problem solved.

AKA December 12, 2017 at 11:46 AM

He should not be allowed to live!

Zulu Petals December 12, 2017 at 11:53 AM

I’ve been waiting all these years for the capture of this creep. I didn’t think that it would EVER be solved. I grew up with Suzie and she was a wonderful girl. GREAT JOB LAW ENFORCEMENT!!

R.I.P SUZIE ANGEL!!!!!

Khloe December 14, 2017 at 7:21 PM

That’s so cool you knew her. I’m glad you shared that she was a good person. She was beautiful! Hopefully, her family can at least get some kind of closure.

The Mamba December 12, 2017 at 12:00 PM

So if this animal had been properly sentenced to more time in 1974, this may have never happened? Glad the case is closed, expedite the execution, may he rest in hell.

Zuler December 12, 2017 at 12:35 PM

So, if you add up the years he’s already sentenced, the total is 33 yrs.. DID HE SERVE ALL 33 YRS. ?????? Why the hell is this man out and walking the streets ?????????????????????????

Chicken Little December 12, 2017 at 1:22 PM

How many of those who are calling for a harsher sentence for this guy keep voting for the soft-on-crime Democrats?

Safety Second December 12, 2017 at 2:28 PM

Amen CHICKEN LITTLE….The Dems own this and all the illegals that kill Good Americans every year. Liberalism is truly a mental disorder

Aspirin December 12, 2017 at 3:40 PM

This has nothing to do with politics.It has everything to do with human stupidity.

There is no cure for that.

Khloe December 14, 2017 at 7:24 PM

I agree, it has everything to do with politics. Even the illegal Mexican guy that shot and killed the girl in San Francisco admitted that he purposely went to San Francisco because he knew it was a sanctuary city and nothing would happen to him if he got caught

TIFOKCIS December 12, 2017 at 2:28 PM

All he needed was another chance.

Great job CA-D.

Zippy December 12, 2017 at 2:40 PM

California cares as much for its citizens as Sweden cares for their natives. This POS should have been locked up for good the first time.

PO'd December 12, 2017 at 5:45 PM

He needs to be beaten.

Cd December 12, 2017 at 6:10 PM

Big props to any and all involved in solving this murder. I only hope this is a wake up call to all residents that we need tougher laws.

Dr. Jellyfinger December 12, 2017 at 7:39 PM

He should impaled & set on fire.

Dr. Jellyfinger December 12, 2017 at 7:40 PM

“He should be”

Silva December 12, 2017 at 8:58 PM

Impaled is good enough. No need to rush things.

Nokeem December 12, 2017 at 9:31 PM

Thank heaven for LE not giving up and bringing this turd to prison (again).
Did I read correctly that it took two years to process the DNA?

Sign from Above December 13, 2017 at 12:02 PM

@ Aspirin:

You’re wrong. I am not one of the partisan people on this blog that will immediately jump in and blame everything on the other party. I am an independent. However, this and other crimes like it, ARE the fault of our soft on crime politicians. They are also the fault of the public that keeps voting in and supporting politicians when they pass garbage legislation that frees convicted felons and protects illegal aliens with known and demonstrated criminal tendencies. The electorate in California needs to wake up!

Duchess of Martinez December 13, 2017 at 6:01 PM

Great work! Never give up!!!!

My sixth sense tells me there are other victims we don’t know about. Thirty years is a long time

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