A 37-year-old San Ramon man was arrested Wednesday following a month-long investigation into a series of robberies targeting suspected prostitutes in the South Bay, the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety announced Thursday.Dean Clayton Rish was arrested at his residence, where officers allegedly found several firearms, cash and other items linking him to the robberies, public safety officials said.The investigation was prompted by an early April robbery of a woman at a Sunnyvale motel. The suspected prostitute was robbed by a potential client who she had arranged to meet at the hotel, according to the Department of Public Safety.Detectives conducted an operation at local motels and alerted suspected prostitutes about the robbery. Investigators managed to locate the victim, who told them other women had been targeted.Detectives obtained a description of the suspect and a license plate number of the suspect’s vehicle, according to public safety officials.The Public Safety Department, in conjunction with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, allegedly obtained information that linked Rish to robberies of suspected Asian prostitutes in Sunnyvale, Mountain View and San Jose. Investigators placed him under electronic and physical surveillance in the days leading to his arrest.Public safety officials said investigators used several Web sites to track down suspected prostitutes who had information about the crimes.Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Detective Jim Choi at (408) 730-7120.
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