Suspect Surrenders in San Mateo Stand Off

Video of suspect was released to the media Wednesday.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Thursday, Aug 16, 2012  |  Updated 11:50 PM PDT
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Suspect Surrenders in San Mateo Stand Off

This was the scene above the stand off in San Mateo County.

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Members of the San Mateo County Sheriff's department surrounded a home on Williams and Third in an unincorporated area of the county just outside Redwood City Thursday.

They said there was a serial armed robbery suspect held up inside. They identified the suspect as Miguel Angel Caballero.

Police said they started watching Caballero around 8:30 a.m. and got a warrant for his arrest around 2:30  p.m. That is when the stand-off began. At 6 p.m. police said they were in active talks with Caballero on the phone, and although he had not surrendered yet, they were hopeful the stand off would come to a peaceful end soon.

That proved to be true. Minutes later, at 6:25 p.m. our helicopter was above the scene when the man exited the home with his hands up and was taken into custody without incident.

The stand off also disrupted Caltrain service for a time. The house is next to the tracks on Fifth Avenue so Caltrain had to single track through the area. As of 2:20 there was a 30 minute delay for riders, but things were back to normal by the evening commute.

Police said Caballero was wanted in connection with five armed robberies. Police said he was armed with a handgun during all of the robberies and that he took an undisclosed amount of cash. 

The first robbery happened on August 7 at the Willow Street Market at 37 Willow Street. The second robbery was on August 8 at the Panaderia Michoacán Market at 3266 Middlefield Road. The third was on August 9 at the El Paisano Carniceria Market at 2856 Middlefield Road. The forth was at the A1 Express Gas station at 795 5th Avenue. The fifth was the Mi Hacienda restaurant at 985 2nd Avenue.

Police released this video of the suspect in one of the five robberies. 

Anyone with information about these robberies or this subject is encouraged to contact Detective Ed Feeney at 650-780-7219 or Detective Andy Armando at 650-363-4347. Those wanting to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. Persons providing information may be eligible for a cash reward from Crime Stoppers.

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