ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney
Cases 15WF1740 & 15WF1737
Date: September 28, 2016
WESTMINSTER, Calif. – A man was convicted and sentenced yesterday to four years in state prison for two separate burglary and robbery cases. John Williams Rodenborn, 38, Huntington Beach, pleaded guilty to one felony count of second degree robbery and one felony count of criminal threats with sentencing enhancement for two prior felony convictions for burglary in 1996 in Placer and 1999 in Orange (Case 15WF1740). He also pleaded guilty to one felony count of second degree commercial burglary and one misdemeanor count of aggravated trespassing (Case 15WF1737).
At approximately 4:30 a.m. on April 2, 2015, Rodenborn walked into a Chevron gas station convenience store on Beach Boulevard in Westminster and asked the store clerk for cigarettes. He then demanded money and threatened to harm the store clerk if he didn’t comply. The victim took out money and placed it on the counter. Rodenborn took the cash from the counter and fled the scene, leaving behind a used cigarette butt.
The store clerk and witnesses called 911 and the Westminster Police Department, who arrived at the scene and investigated this case. Rodenborn was connected to the crime through DNA found on the cigarette butt and video surveillance.
At approximately 10:45 a.m. on Aug. 6, 2015, Rodenborn walked into Dax Gallery in Costa Mesa and took an iPhone that belonged to an employee of the gallery, who had just entered the business for the day, which was not yet open to the public. The defendant fled 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 jumped over a wall into a residential area and entered the garage of a nearby home. Shortly thereafter, Rodenborn ran out of the garage and tried to flee again. After a short chase, CMPD detained him behind a dumpster.
Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff
Roxi Fyad, Spokesperson