Case # 15WF1740 & 15WF1737
Date: August 10, 2015
MAN ARRAIGNED IN TWO SEPARATE BURGLARY AND ROBBERY CASES FILED TODAY
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was arraigned today on two separate burglary and armed robbery cases filed today. John Williams Rodenborn, 37, Huntington Beach, is charged with one felony count of second degree robbery and one felony count of criminal threats, with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a firearm in Case 15WF1740. He is also charged with one felony count of second degree commercial burglary and one misdemeanor count of aggravated trespass of a dwelling in Case 15WF1737. Rodenborn has two prior strike convictions for residential burglary in 1999 and 2006, and three state prison priors for the 1999 and 2006 residential burglary, and a 2002 vehicle theft. Rodenborn is scheduled for a continued arraignment on Aug. 18, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
At approximately 4:30 a.m. on April 2, 2015, Rodenborn is accused of walking into a Chevron gas station convenience store on Beach Boulevard in Westminster and asking the store clerk for cigarettes. He is then accused of pulling out a firearm and demanding money and threatening to shoot the victim if he didn’t comply. The victim took out money and placed it on the counter. Rodenborn is accused of taking the cash from the counter and fleeing the scene, leaving behind a used cigarette butt.
The store clerk and witnesses called 911 and the Westminster Police Department, who investigated this case, arrived at the scene. Rodenborn was connected to the crime through DNA found on the cigarette butt and video surveillance.
Rodenborn is being held on $1 million bail and faces a maximum sentence of 46 years to life in state prison in this case.
At approximately 10:45 a.m. on Aug. 6, 2015, Rodenborn is accused of walking into Dax Gallery in Costa Mesa and taking an iPhone that belonged to an employee of the gallery, who had just entered the business for the day and was not yet open to the public. He is then accused of fleeing the scene with the stolen iPhone.
After locating the cell phone through a tracking application, the Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) responded to its location. CMPD spotted Rodenborn, who is accused of then trying to escape from police. Rodenborn is accused of jumping over a wall into a residential area and entering the garage of a nearby home. Shortly thereafter, Rodenborn is accused of running out of the garage and trying to flee the police again. After a short chase, CMPD detained him behind a dumpster.
Rodenborn is being held on a $100,000 bail and faces a maximum sentence of nine years in state prison in this case.