A 33-year-old suspected burglar pleaded not guilty two days after being shot in the leg by a Redondo Beach homeowner who saw the alleged thief trying to steal a motorcycle.
Laurencio Gamboa Jr. pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted grand theft of personal property Thursday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.
Gamboa was shot in the leg about 3 a.m. Tuesday by a homeowner who armed himself when he heard someone in his garage, in the 2000 block of Nelson Avenue, according to Redondo Beach police.
Gamboa was pushing a motorcycle out of the homeowner’s garage, and the homeowner tried to detain the man. That’s when the homeowner fired once, striking Gamboa in the leg, police said.
Gamboa ran away, but the homeowner chased him down and detained him until officers arrived.
He was treated at a hospital and returned to police custody.
He is due back in court in downtown L.A. Feb. 4.
Gamboa faces 30 months in state prison if convicted as charged.