Suspect in armed robberies arrested after all-day standoff

A suspect in multiple armed robberies was arrested Thursday evening after a standoff outside a North Fair Oaks home that lasted nearly 10 hours.

Miguel Angel Caballero, 30, is a suspect in as many as five armed robberies at businesses in the Redwood City area since Aug. 7.

Investigators said that numerous tips came in following the release on Wednesday of video surveillance and photographs that clearly captured images of Mr. Caballero at the businesses while they were being robbed.

Lt. Larry Schumaker of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said officers arrived at Mr. Caballero's residence on Williams Avenue shortly after 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Lt. Schumaker said that Mr. Caballero came out of the front of his house at some point Thursday morning but quickly went back inside when he saw police.

A SWAT team has surrounded the beige single-story house in the residential neighborhood. SWAT officers wearing camouflage gear and bulletproof vests could be seen on nearby rooftops and outside the fence of the home.

During the standoff, neighbors were evacuated from nearby houses, and Caltrain service was disrupted as the house was near tracks.

Officials said that Mr. Caballero surrendered at around 6 p.m. Detectives from the Sheriff's Office and Redwood City police then searched the home where Mr. Caballero was renting a room and found evidence connecting him to the robberies.

Mr. Caballero was booked in the Maguire Correctional Facility on suspicion of robbery.

He is believed to have robbed the Willow Market in Redwood City on Aug. 7, the Panaderia Michoacan Market in unincorporated Redwood City on Aug. 8, El Paisano Carniceria Market in unincorporated Redwood City on Aug. 9, the Valero Gas Station and Market in Redwood City on Aug. 11, and at the Mi Hacienda Taqueria in Redwood City on Aug. 14.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Aug 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Redwood City Police did a great job by posting the video of this guy.

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2012 at 11:57 am

Great job by all Law Enforcement, Bad guy caught nobody or property injured or damaged.

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Posted by Fred
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm

This is a great example of how over crowding is a pervasive problem in North Fair Oaks. I would love to hear from one of the candidates for Supervisor address. If he hadn't been allowed to live in the garage he was in, economics would have had him settle elsewhere.

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Posted by JANET
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Aug 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Fred is right on. The problem in much of NFO is that, in addition to other citizens, it is packed with undocumented immigrants who are living in garages/garden sheds/trailers/cars/ and/or dozens to a 1 br apt. Zoning Enforcement is minimal, parking is non existent, dumping is widespread and the Sheriff's patrol cars drive by blatant problems such as gang graffiti and dumping without alerting other County departments. All of this breeds crime. The county has provided no affordable housing, has not updated antiquated infrastructure or attracted businesses. The supervisor for that district has seemingly done nothing to foster improvement of conditions since day one. This costs taxpayers mega dollars for trials etc. Yesterday's capture of an armed robber was the result of a shop owner's camera, and many residents (including the man's relatives) turning him in. However, all the publicity goes to a massive SWAT presence that basically out-sat him. Kudos should go to the neighbors who gave him up.

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Video camera was the major cause for his capture. Relatives and neighbors called in which was the right thing to do, and law enforcement sat him out which was the right thing to do. Again great ending

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Posted by Tony
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 19, 2012 at 1:31 pm

My familyhas been here for 62 years. I have lived in redwood city by the tracks. Had the best hardworking kind neighbors . If we give all our homes to affordable housing the garages and sheds will still be full. The unsafe conditions are a fire and safety hazard police did a great job

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