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May 23, 2015

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Man arrested in series of business robberies

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Garrad Rydell

North Las Vegas Police arrested a man about 8:15 p.m. Monday after a short chase following a holdup in a restaurant, one of a string of robberies police suspect him of committing.

A special robbery detail arrested 30-year-old Garrad Rydell as he ran to the back of Quiznos Restaurant, 6360 Aliante Parkway, where a getaway vehicle was parked, police said.

A man entered the restaurant and held a cashier at gunpoint, then stole money from the cash register, police said.

Police in North Las Vegas suspect that Rydell robbed the same Quiznos on Oct. 13 and a Quiznos at 5515 Camino Al Norte on Oct. 20.

Rydell was taken to the North Las Vegas Detention Center where he was booked on charges including three felony counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, three felony counts of burglary with a deadly weapon and one felony count of first-degree kidnapping, North Las Vegas Police said.

In addition, Rydell will face several more charges by Metro Police for robberies he is believed to have committed at Las Vegas businesses, such as Kinko's and other retail businesses, police said.

Police believe that Rydell allegedly began robbing business clerks at gunpoint in mid-July, preying on store-front shops almost twice a week. In one case in North Las Vegas, Rydell is suspected of forcing a clerk into a backroom at gunpoint and holding him against his will, police said.

North Las Vegas Police formed a special detail on Oct. 27 when they noticed a pattern and the violence during the robberies was escalating. North Las Vegas and Metro Police worked together in the case.

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