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Man in SWAT standoff pleads not guilty to robbery
December 29, 2012, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

A Redwood City man whose arrest caused a lengthy standoff with SWAT officers will stand trial in April 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, pleaded not guilty yesterday in Superior Court to five counts of robbery and five counts of commercial burglary in connection with the crimes. Caballero cannot be charged for the Aug. 16 standoff with police trying to arrest him on suspicion of robbery and burglary because he took no hostages and brandished no weapons.

At the hearing, defense attorney Jeff Boyarsky also announced he was reserving the right to also enter a plea for Caballero of not guilty by reason of insanity.

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 his police confession 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 faces approximately nine years in prison if convicted.

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