General Crime

* Miguel Caballero suspect in as many as five armed robberies was arrested after a standoff

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A suspect in as many as five armed robberies was arrested this evening after a standoff outside his San Mateo County home that lasted nearly 10 hours today, according to law enforcement. The suspect, Miguel Angel Caballero, 30, is suspected 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 Caballero at the businesses while they were being robbed.

Sheriff’s Lt. Larry Schumaker said officers arrived at Caballero’s home at 3080 Williams Ave. shortly after 8:30 a.m. today. Schumaker said that Caballero came out of the front of his house at some point this 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 Caballero surrendered at around 6 p.m. Detectives from the sheriff’s office and Redwood City police then searched the home where Caballero was renting a room and found evidence connecting him to the robberies. 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 Saturday, and at the Mi Hacienda Taqueria in Redwood City on Tuesday.

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