An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of robbing two Redwood City businesses and attempted to hold up a third throughout Wednesday morning, according to police. The first robbery occurred at the 7-Eleven at 1700 Broadway around 3 a.m., police said. The suspect, later identified as Redwood City resident Febronio Mendoza, allegedly entered the store and demanded the sole employee hand over the cash in the register. Mendoza allegedly told the clerk he had a gun and simulated holding the weapon in his front pants pocket, police said. The clerk gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money from the register and Mendoza ran away.
Later, around 10:30 a.m., Mendoza allegedly entered a Subway sandwich shop at 1926 El Camino Real and demanded money from an employee. According to police, Mendoza was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a mask covering his face. The employee did not comply with the demands and Mendoza ran out of the store, police said. At another Subway location at 768 Woodside Road around 10:40 a.m., Mendoza entered in the same clothing and mask and demanded money from the cash register. He allegedly lifted his sweatshirt and showed the employee a handgun tucked in his waistband, police said. The employee opened the register and gave him an undisclosed amount of money from the drawer.
Mendoza then left the store and a witness saw him get into a dark colored BMW parked in the parking lot. Mendoza then allegedly drove away on westbound Woodside Road. Police arrived to the area and recovered video surveillance images of the car leaving the lot. An officer recognized the vehicle from a traffic stop from a few weeks earlier and passed along possible suspect information to investigators, police said. Around 3:30 p.m. Mendoza allegedly came to the Police Department to report that his vehicle, a black 2006 BMW, had been involved in a hit-and-run incident. Detectives were able to connect the vehicle to the robberies from earlier that day.
A search of the vehicle turned up evidence from the robberies including a handgun and two rifles, police said. The firearms had been reported stolen from a residential burglary that had occurred previously in Mountain View, police said. Mendoza was booked into San Mateo County Jail on robbery and attempted robbery charges. Police said there were no injuries at any of the robbery sites. Anyone with information is asked to call Redwood City police Detective Dave Stahler at (650) 780-7620.
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