A 27-year-old man was arrested for allegedly robbing a bank in Redwood City on Monday afternoon after a bank teller helped police track him to a nearby Caltrain station, police and prosecutors said.
Marco Antonio Rubio-Baez, a Redwood City resident, was arrested on suspicion of the robbery at 4:43 p.m. Monday at the First Republic Bank at 776 El Camino Real, police said.
A suspect allegedly walked into the bank, handed a note to a teller demanding money, then fled with about $4,000 in cash, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.
A bank employee then called police as the suspect fled while two other employees went outside and saw the suspect walking south on Broadway, police said.
One employee followed the suspect from a safe distance and provided police with his description and direction of travel. Responding officers used the information to spot the suspect as he went into Caltrain's Sequoia Station, according to police.
The suspect, identified as Rubio-Baez, was found with the money as well as a small bag of methamphetamine. He apologized for the robbery and said he needed the money for rent and cellphone bills and to send to his mother in Mexico, prosecutors said.
He pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to robbery and narcotics charges and remains in custody on $100,000 bail. He will return to court on April 11 for a preliminary hearing.