MISSION VIEJO, Ca. (Jan. 4, 2017) -The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has arrested Matthew Scott Rendon, a 36-year-old man, suspected of robbing nine retailers over the last nearly five weeks in Orange and San Bernardino counties.
A proactive effort by the Sheriff’s Department’s Crime Analyst Detail, South Investigations and the South Directed Enforcement Team led to the Tuesday night arrest of a suspect wanted for armed robberies that resulted in a total loss of approximately $3,500.
With his signature American flag bandana tied around his face and wearing a heavy flannel shirt, the suspect would brandish a firearm and demand cash from various businesses, including ice cream shops, game stores and gas stations.
From Nov. 29 through Dec. 30, the suspect robbed stores in multiple cities, including Aliso Viejo, Chino, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills and Laguna Niguel.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators and crime analysts picked up on patterns in the suspect’s behavior to effectively build a case.
The suspect focused on specific days to commit his crimes, keeping with a Monday-Wednesday-Friday robbery schedule, and seemed to prefer stores in strip malls along main thoroughfares.
Using predictive policing and crime analysis methods, investigators were able to identify a suspect. At approximately 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, they located the suspect in Mission Viejo.
A search of the suspect’s vehicle resulted in the recovery of a handgun, an American flag bandana and a thick flannel shirt, which led investigators to believe the suspect was on his way to carry out another armed robbery.
Rendon, 36, of Mission Viejo, was arrested on suspicion of felony armed robbery and felony violation of parole. He is being held on $1 million bail and is expected to appear in court Thursday, Jan. 4.