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Rocklin police arrest armed robbery suspect after DNA match

Juan Miguel Martinez, 22, was arrested on suspicion of robbery.
Juan Miguel Martinez, 22, was arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Nine months after a Rocklin restaurant was robbed at gunpoint, the Rocklin Police Department relied on DNA test results to identify and arrest Juan Miguel Martinez on Friday.

Martinez, 22, of Roseville, is suspected of robbing Don Quixote’s Mexican Grill and locking employees in the restaurant’s walk-in refrigerator in October 2015, according to a press release from the Police Department. Martinez allegedly stole money and fled on foot, but left behind employees’ personal belongings after exiting the restaurant, police said.

The personal items were collected by the Rocklin Police Department and submitted to the California Department of Justice for DNA testing, according to the release. Police received the results of the test on Thursday showing that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation verified a match.

“While it took more time than we would prefer for the DNA evidence to return with a solid identity, our message to criminals is this: if you come to Rocklin to commit crime, we will do everything in our power to properly identify suspects, arrest perpetrators and bring criminals to stand trial for their actions – regardless of how long it may take,” Rocklin Police Chief Ron Lawrence said in the release.

The Rocklin Police Department obtained and executed an arrest warrant of Martinez with assistance from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. He was later booked into the Placer County jail with bail set at $1.5 million, according to the release.

Thomas Oide: 916-321-1009, @thomasoide