A suspected serial robber who had reportedly pointed a gun at a pregnant clerk’s stomach during one of five recent stickups in Redwood City engaged in a daylong standoff with police Thursday before surrendering about 6:30 p.m.
About 9 a.m., a SWAT team staked out a home on Williams Avenue in the unincorporated Redwood City town of North Fair Oaks. The lone suspect inside the home, 30-year-old Miguel Angel Caballero, refused to surrender, police said.
Caballero remained holed up in the house, which is near tracks used by Caltrain, until finally coming outside more than nine hours later. He was arrested without incident, police said.
Neighbors of the normally quiet residential neighborhood were forced to leave their homes because Caballero was considered armed and dangerous.
The robbery spree started Aug. 7, police said. Caballero allegedly committed five armed robberies in the same area within seven days.
During one of the heists, he reportedly robbed a pregnant clerk at the A1 Express Gas station at 795 Fifth Ave. He pointed a gun at her and said, “Hey, I’m sorry you have a baby,” the clerk told the KGO-TV television station. Caballero reportedly then raided the cashbox.
A suspect was caught on video surveillance in at least one of the robberies, police said. The day after a clear image of that person was released publicly, police said, they received several tips from people who personally knew Caballero and identified him as the suspect.
He was tracked to the home on William Avenue near Third Avenue, the very same area where all the robberies had taken place, San Mateo County sheriff’s Lt. Larry Schumaker said.
Other businesses that were robbed were Willow Street Market at 37 Willow St.; Panaderia Michoacán Market at 3266 Middlefield Road; El Paisano Carniceria Market at 2856 Middlefield Road; and Mi Hacienda restaurant at 985 Second Ave., which was robbed Tuesday.
Thursday’s police action also caused delays to Caltrain service.