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Man arrested for Buena Park cold case robbery

A man was arrested Friday morning for impersonating a police officer to rob employees at a Buena Park movie theatre in 2008.

February 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A man was arrested Friday morning for impersonating a police officer to rob employees at a movie theatre in 2008.

In Aug. 2008, 38-year-old Fernando Manuel Ruiz is accused of being armed with a firearm and entering with the intention of holding up and robbing employees at Krikorian Buena Park Metroplex 18 movie theatre.

Ruiz is accused of falsely identifying himself as a Buena Park Police Department investigator, holding the manager and another employee at gunpoint and tying their wrists with a telephone cord.

The defendant allegedly destroyed the surveillance footage and stole $15,000 from the theatre's safe.

Ruiz is accused of leaving DNA at the scene, which police collected and submitted to the Orange County District Attorney's local DNA database.

In Aug. 2010, Ruiz agreed to submit a DNA sample for a misdemeanor violation. A month later, Ruiz's DNA linked him to the crime and he was arrested.

Ruiz is charged with felony counts of second degree robbery and impersonating a peace officer. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years and four months in state prison.

He is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, Feb. 22.


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