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Standoff ends in arrest
August 17, 2012, 05:00 AM By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal staff

Bill Silverfarb/Daily Journal A SWAT team member sets his sights on the home of Miguel Angel Caballero on William Avenue in the North Fair Oaks neighborhood yesterday. Caballero is suspected of robbing five businesses in Redwood City the past two weeks.

Miguel Caballero

Tips from the public led to a SWAT standoff in the North Fair Oaks area of unincorporated Redwood City that ended when he surrendered at around 6:30 p.m. yesterday. Nearly all day, police had surrounded the home of Miguel Angel Caballero, a suspect in a string of robberies in the area the past two weeks, police said.

Caballero, 30, is suspected in as many as five armed robberies in the Redwood City area and was tracked to a home at 3080 William Ave. near Third Avenue, where police and sheriff’s deputies were camped out since about 9 a.m. surrounding the home, sheriff’s Lt. Larry Schumaker said.

He reportedly pointed his gun at a pregnant woman’s belly, one of the clerks in the five robberies who gave Caballero an unknown amount of cash.

Wednesday night, police released video footage and detailed images of Caballero and were informed by several callers that Caballero was the man in the pictures and lived on William Avenue, Schumaker said.

With tips from the public, police were able to match the suspect in the video surveillance footage to Caballero’s driver’s license photo, he said.

"It was an obvious match,” he said.

Yesterday morning, police saw the suspect exit the front of his home and were able to verify it was his residence, Schumaker said. He exited the back of the house after about 30 minutes and saw he was surrounded by police and quickly went back into the home where he stayed all day as police used crisis negotiators to try and talk him out of the house, Schumaker told the Daily Journal on scene.

Police blocked off about three blocks around the home as dozens of neighbors watched the scene unfold.

SWAT team members had guns pointed at the home throughout the day as police secured search and arrest warrants for Caballero.

"He was refusing to come out and the goal was to try and talk him out of the house,” Schumaker said.

Caballero was considered armed and dangerous and most homes in the area were evacuated, Schumaker said.

It was unknown if anyone else was in the home.

Caballero is the prime suspect in a string of five robberies that started Aug. 7 at the Willow Street Market. He is also suspected of robbing the Panaderia Michoacan Market on Middlefield Road Aug. 8; El Paisano Carniceria and Market on Middlefield Road Aug. 9; and a gas station on Fifth Avenue, police said.

Tuesday, the Mi Hacienda Taqueria on Second Avenue was also robbed and Caballero is considered the prime suspect in that case, according to police.

Caballero pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash, police said.

The standoff occurred near the train tracks and Caltrain service was briefly stalled.

Bill Silverfarb can be reached by email: or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 106.

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