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Johnny Buzenes

Man arrested in Colton identified in Lenwood AM-PM theft

Possibly connected to other robberies in three counties

Staff Writer

LENWOOD• A man arrested for attempted robbery of a Denny’s restaurant in Colton has been positively identified by Barstow Police as the suspect in the Dec. 27 AM/PM armed robbery in Lenwood, according to a police press release.

On Sunday, Colton police officers arrested Johnny Buzenes, 46, for an attempted robbery of the Denny’s at 1190 S. Mt. Vernon.

Barstow Police Officer Andrew Reyes was able to positively identify Buzenes as the suspect in the Lenwood robbery Monday after reviewing an image captured from a security video during that incident. The suspect wore the same clothing in both robberies, police said.

Officer Reyes also determined that Buzenes’ physical description and methods were similar to that of a suspect that robbed the AM/PM in the 12000 block of Main Street in Hesperia on Dec. 19. Reyes obtained a copy of the security video from that store and positively identified Buzenes as the suspect in that incident, as well.

“In this case, the excellent police work by Officer Reyes allowed us to identify our suspect and link him to the crimes committed in the different areas,” Barstow Police Lt. Mike Hunter said.

In each of these robberies, Buzenes entered the store, selected gum or candy to purchase and handed money to the clerk. Once the cash drawer was opened, Buzenes brandished a chrome .38 snub nose revolver and ordered the clerk to give him the money, police said.

Colton Police recovered Buzenes’ .38 snub nose revolver at the time of his arrest, the press release confirmed.

Detectives are comparing information with investigators from other agencies and have determined that Buzenes is the likely suspect in several more armed robberies in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Buzenes, a Los Angeles resident, was booked for the Colton arrest and is currently being held at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga in lieu of $100,000 bail. A report will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office requesting that additional charges be filed against him for the robberies in Barstow and Hesperia.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact the Barstow Police Department at 760-256-2211. Callers who wish to remain anonymous may contact the WE TIP Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.


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