Sequoia Station bank robbery suspect arrested after residents see his photo


By Bay City News Service

A 25-year-old Hillsborough man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of robbing a Wells Fargo bank at Sequoia Station in Redwood City last month after residents saw his picture in a newspaper and contacted police.

In the robbery, a man entered the bank, located inside a Safeway store at Sequoia Station, at about 11:30 a.m. on June 23 and handed a teller a note demanding money, Redwood City police said.

The note stated that the man had a gun but no weapon was seen, police Detective Ed Feeney said.

The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of money and he ran away, according to police.

Officers later released a surveillance image of the robber to local newspapers and several people recognized him and identified him as Matthew Zazzara, police said.

"There was one really good shot of him in the Safeway store and I got several tips," Feeney said.

Police conducted surveillance and pulled Zazzara over in Hillsborough at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of robbery.

Zazzara, who was also staying at an address in Burlingame, has confessed to the robbery, Feeney said.

Police have not linked him to any other Bay Area robberies and Feeney said Zazzara has no significant criminal record.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Redwood City Police Department at (650) 780-7120.

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