A broken rear window in a rental car appears to have lead police to the arrest of a robbery suspect.
The 31-year-old male victim told officers he was robbed Friday, July 17, at 10:25 a.m. by another man in the 600 block of Dairy Ave.. The suspect, he said, confronted him and demanded money; the suspect was wearing a hat, dark glasses and a gray hooded sweatshirt pulled down on his face.
The victim said the suspect did not appear to have a weapon and got away with $500-$600.
He also told police that the suspect drove away in a small red vehicle and as he was leaving the scene, the victim threw a glass bottle through the rear window, breaking it.
A short time later, officers were summoned to the 600 block of 61/2 Ave., for a vehicle vandalism report. The female caller told officers her son, 25-year-old Luis Orona, had driven her rental car and mentioned someone had broken the rear window.
Orona was contacted by officers and identified by the victim as the robbery suspect. Officers were unable to locate the missing money or the clothing the suspect reportedly wore.
The same victim reported to officers on June 20 that he had been robbed of approximately $300 by the same suspect, while he was working in the 600 block of Dairy Ave. At that time, the suspect exposed what appeared to be a handgun in the waistband of his pants.
Orona was arrested on two charges of robbery and later transported to the Kings County Jail in Hanford, where he was being held on $135,000bail.