A Redwood City man whose arrest caused a lengthy standoff with SWAT officers will stand trial for a spree of commercial robberies using a black pellet gun, including one in which he allegedly pointed the weapon at a pregnant clerk’s belly.
Miguel Angel Caballero, 30, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of robbery and five counts of commercial burglary in connection with the crimes. He was held to answer on all counts after a preliminary hearing with several prosecution witnesses but no defense. Caballero cannot be charged for the Aug. 16 standoff with police because the took no hostages and brandished no weapons. He simply refused to come out.
Prosecutors say between Aug. 7 and Aug. 14, Caballero walked into four separate markets and one gas station carrying a black pellet gun that looked like a semi-automatic handgun.
In four of the incidents, Caballero was caught committing the robberies on video surveillance cameras and the public release of the footage resulted in tips leading investigators to his William Avenue apartment. After several hours of negotiations and blocked streets in the North Fair Oaks neighborhood, he was arrested and prosecutors say he confessed to police also revealed he committed the robberies to provide food for his girlfriend and her five children.
Caballero remains in custody on $250,000 bail. He returns to court Dec. 28 to enter a plea in Superior Court and possibly set a trial date.
He faces approximately nine years in prison if convicted.