DENTON, TX, April 28, 2021 – At 1:44 p.m., officers responded to reports of a domestic disturbance on I-35E near McCormick Street. A caller reported seeing a male physically force a female into a vehicle. The caller also stated the female appeared to be covered in blood.
Officers responded to the area and located the female in the vehicle. It was determined that she had sustained gunshot wounds, and she was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.
Witnesses reported seeing the male driver fleeing the area. This suspect was described as a Hispanic male, possibly in his early 20s, wearing a red shirt and black shorts. Officers and Denton PD’s K-9 searched the area for the suspect.
Officers located a resident in the nearby area and determined that they had encountered an individual matching the suspect description. Unaware that the male had been involved in a shooting, the resident had arranged for the suspect to travel to Dallas by way of Uber. With this information Denton PD officers were able to track the suspect in real-time to Dallas. Dallas PD was contacted and made aware of the situation. Once the Uber reached its destination, the male was swiftly apprehended by Dallas PD.
The suspect has since been identified as 22-year-old Simeon Bonilla. Due to the circumstances related to the shooting, Bonilla was transported back to Denton. After transporting Bonilla back to Denton, investigators learned that the victim had died as a result of her injuries. Due to the evidence and information obtained during the investigation, investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Murder. The warrant was signed by a Judge, and Bonilla remains in the City of Denton Jail with a $500,000 bond.
We are thankful our officers acted quickly in this situation and were able to track the suspect even after he left the City limits. Additionally, we are grateful for our partnerships with the community and with Dallas PD, who directly contributed to this arrest. Our hearts go out to the family of the victim, who is not being identified at this time.
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