A 41-year-old man was arrested last week in connection with 18 robberies in San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Riverside counties, officials said Wednesday.
Donald Mooch Machuca was taken into custody on Dec. 12 at his home in the 800 block of Citrus Avenue in Azusa, according to an Ontario Police Department news release.
The 18 robberies were reported in Ontario, Chino, Chino Hills, Loma Linda, Montclair, Pomona , Moreno Valley, Redlands and San Bernardino. Authorities said they believe Machuca was responsible for each one, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
During the robberies, Machuca is accused of threatening to shoot employees if they did not comply with his demands for money.
One of the robberies took place at the Holiday Inn Express in Loma Linda around 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Through that investigation, deputies were able to link the suspect to two other robberies at Motel 6s in San Bernardino and Redlands, the statement read.
Police said Machuca has been positively identified in 11 robberies, four of which happened in Ontario.
He has been booked into jail on suspicion of robbery and parole.
Investigators are continuing to search for evidence directly linking Machuca to each of the other robberies.
Anyone with information about Machuca, or his connection to related criminal activity is urged to call the Ontario police at 909-986-6711, the Sheriff’s Department at 909-387-3745 or the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463.