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Missing teen had meth, robbed sandwich shop, police say

February 22, 2012 | 12:51 pm


Matthew Hoff, the missing mentally ill Orange County teen who was located after his arrest Tuesday, has been booked on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and for robbing a sandwich shop, Santa Ana police said.

Hoff, 18, was arrested shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday with five small bindles of methamphetamine, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department.

After he was taken into custody, he said, Hoff told the officer that he had committed a "211" -- the California penal code for robbery -- at a nearby Subway restaurant.

After his arrest, police said he was uncooperative and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

His family and authorities have been searching for him since he was released from a 60-day jail stay at 4 a.m. on Feb. 7.

His mother told The Times that Hoff had been in custodial treatment for severe mental illness for most of his adolescence, but had to leave the system once he turned 18. During the two-month jail term for stealing from a neighbor's car, his family said, he went off of his medication.

Earlier Wednesday, family members posted on the Facebook page "Matthew We Miss You Please Call Home" that the missing teen had been located.

"Matthew is OK!" the post said.

"It is great news and we will be able to sleep tonight knowing our son is safe. BUT ... it's just the beginning again with this CYCLE that does not quit."


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Photo: Matt Hoff. Credit: Family photo