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Man arrested in connection with armed-robbery spree in Orange and San Bernardino counties

By in Press Enterprise on January 5, 2018

By Scott Schwebke

Orange County sheriff’s investigators have arrested a 36-year-old Mission Viejo suspected of nine armed robberies during a nearly five-week span in Orange and San Bernardino counties, authorities said on Thursday.

Matthew Scott Rendon was arrested Tuesday for the string of armed robberies that resulted in a total loss of about $3,500, Jaimee Blashaw, a sheriff’s spokeswoman, said. None of the money had been recovered.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a man in connection with nine armed robberies (Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff’s Department)

He is accused of wearing an American-flag bandanna tied around his face and a heavy, flannel shirt and brandishing a firearm and demanding cash from various businesses – including an ice cream shop, a game store and a gas station – in such cities as Aliso Viejo, Chino, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills and Laguna Niguel. The robberies stretched from Nov. 29 through Dec. 30.

Investigators and crime analysts had picked up on patterns in the suspect’s behavior. He allegedly kept to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday robbery schedule and preferred businesses in strip malls along main thoroughfares.

“Using predictive policing and crime-analysis methods, investigators were able to identify a suspect,” the Sheriff’s Department says in a statement.

During a search of Rendon’s vehicle, Blashaw said, investigators recovered a handgun, an American-flag bandana and a thick, flannel shirt – leading them to believe he was on his way to carry out another armed robbery.

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