UPDATE: Suspect in Temecula Bank Robbery Arrested After Foot Chase

The alleged bank robbery was reported at 4:10 p.m. Sunday at US Bank in the 29500 block of Rancho California Road, according to Temecula police.

UPDATE 6 p.m. Nov. 19:

The suspect in an alleged Temecula bank robbery Sunday was arrested early Monday, police said in an updated news release.

Matthew Rey, 20, of Temecula was taken into custody early Monday on suspicion of the robbery at US Bank, 29530 Rancho California Road, according to Temecula police.

Rey was caught after investigating officers viewed surveillance footage from the alleged heist and forwarded possible suspect information to patrol officers, Temecula police Sgt. K. McDonald said.

At about 1:18 a.m. Monday, a Temecula police officer saw the suspect in the parking lot of a motel in Old Town, the sergeant said.

"He detained the suspect after a short foot pursuit and search of the area," McDonald said.

Rey was arrested at about 1:49 a.m. in the 41900 block of Moreno Road, sheriff's jail records indicated.

Rey was being held at Southwest Detention Center near Murrieta on suspicion of second-degree robbery, probation violation and escaping custody with force, records showed.

He was due in court Wednesday morning.


A man allegedly robbed an in-store Temecula bank branch Sunday when he handed a teller a note, police said.

The robbery was reported at 4:10 p.m. Sunday at US Bank in the 29500 block of Rancho California Road, according to Temecula police Sgt. K. McDonald.

The branch is located inside the Vons store at 29530 Rancho California Road.

McDonald said the police investigation revealed a white male suspect allegedly approached a teller and handed them a note demanding money.

"The teller gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect then fled on foot from the business," McDonald said. "No weapon or suspect vehicle was seen."

The suspect was described as a white male about 18 to 25 years old who was approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin build and short, dirty blond hair. He was wearing a dark colored T-shirt and possibly blue jeans, according to police.

Anyone with further information about the alleged robbery or the suspect was encouraged to contact Investigator Fisher at the Temecula Police Department at 951-696-3000.

Paul November 23, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I am wondering whether the suspect reported arrested in this article could also be involved in another robbery described below. I am NOT accusing this suspect of being that robber. But based only on the Patch articles and comments to the articles there are some similarities that should be brought to the attention of the detectives. The security video of the Murrieta Super Target Robber shows him walking outside and inside the store, and then running fast inside the store and outside the store. He has a distinctive run and walk. He also has a distinctive tic or habit of circling his right leg several times while standing and waiting. This robbery occurred September 27, 2012. My opinion after careful viewing of robber crossing the threshold of the doorways and other indicators inside the store is the robber shown in the video is about 5 feet 8 to five feet 10 inches in height. The Murrieta Super Target Security Video is dated 9-27-2012 http://murrieta.patch.com/articles/police-seek-suspect-in-super-target-ipad-robbery#video-11663374 A Patch article with the video states the police were looking for a white man 20-25 years old and 5 feet 8 inches to 10 inches tall. http://murrieta.patch.com/articles/police-seek-suspect-in-super-target-ipad-robbery#c
Paul November 23, 2012 at 03:51 PM
A later Patch article names a suspect the Murrieta police arrested. Josh is 6 feet 3 inches, 27 years old, with no record. The updated article includes the booking picture. Many comments after the article by Josh’s family and friends support that Josh does not look like nor walk like the video robber and would not by character be a robber. Josh is 27 years old with no record. My opinion from viewing the video many times and stopping frame by frame with the robber close to the doorframe and other markers is it NOT possible the robber is 6 feet 3 inches tall. Therefore it is not possible that Josh could be the robber despite an eyewitness photo identification. Maybe they should make a group of photos including Mathew and excluding Josh and see what the result is when shown to the witness. This article is an update Oct 15, with Josh’s booking picture and 218 comments http://murrieta.patch.com/articles/suspect-in-target-ipad-robbery-id-d?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001 Then the Patch wrote a new article about it October 23, 2012. It has 78 comments. On that date the police considered their investigation was not completed and they had not turned over the results of their investigation to the DA so Josh had not been charged by the DA.
Shannan Buffolino November 25, 2012 at 09:55 PM
omg Elizabeth, I totally understand your post, and you are so right. This makes me sad too, and this is why..my son had met 2 kids in 8th grade and they were all 3 great friends, so funny, innocent as far as NO DRUGS, did the right things as far as nothing criminal, maybe just normal boy stuff, goofing off, and then in high school, my son joined football, wrestling, and one of them was in water polo, and the other in footballl, all 3 boys were busy in sports, doing good, focused and not being directed in wrong direction because they were busy being active and just plain busy, then sohpmore year, one of the 3 for some reason, couldnt do water polo, and while my son and the other friend were busy until 7 or 8 pm almost daily, it left the 3rd friend with what my mom used to call "IDLE HANDS", well breaks my heart, because I love that kid, such a sweet kid, but last year, junior year, I asked my son how come he never hangs out with Mike (not real name), and he just said, no reason, just never see him really, he has other friends..Then 2 weeks later, I heard he and 2 other teens, arrested trying to steal alcolhol and put in their backpacks at a local store, and I cried. It was so obvious, like a story that you can see so clear...I feel like he wouldnt be doing that (maybe) if he was so busy in water polo, and went another direction, and now I hear other things and I just know that teens dont realize how drugs and alcohol change them. They arent able to handle it. Sad:(
Brenda November 29, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Shannon and Elizabeth I completely agree with you both. I have a bit of experience with kids going the wrong roads and its hell on everyone, more the child, they just do not realize it. Don't know why it happens, something just clicks in one when in high school, or between middle school and HS. I can tell you this young man has a long road ahead of him, as does his family and alot of pain, placing blame, ugly stuff, until it just gets down to either he goes off his way, or they are all able to help him "fix" it all. I pray he gets recovery as well as the family. He needs to remember that no matter what our children do we still love them, will always love them more each day, no matter what decisions they make in life.
KJO December 01, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Great Comment Brenda, you are so right on with this one!!!


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