SAN MATEO — A police sergeant Tuesday stumbled upon an armed robbery in progress at a San Mateo 7-Eleven, leading the suspected robber to flee — leaving behind his girlfriend, who, after she was pulled over in a possible getaway car, identified the suspect to police, authorities said.
The incident began about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, when a man holding a semi-automatic pistol entered the 7-Eleven on 11 Laurie Meadows Drive in San Mateo, police said in a news release. The suspect then “pushed the clerk at gunpoint to empty the registers.” The clerk emptied one cash drawer; when they had trouble emptying a second drawer, the suspect took it with him.
The suspect then ordered the shop clerk to lay on the ground and stomped on him, according to police. When he saw a Belmont Police Department sergeant approaching the store, he ran out, past the sergeant and a waiting car and into surrounding apartment complexes.
Inside the 7-Eleven, the sergeant found the injured clerk. He then followed the vehicle that had been waiting outside, eventually calling San Mateo Police Department officers to make a traffic stop.
The female driver was taken into custody and after what was described as “an extensive interview,” she provided the name of the male suspect, who was identified as her boyfriend.She was arrested and booked into the San Mateo County jail on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a crime.
A few hours later, San Mateo officers began surveillance of the male suspect’s residence in Sunnyvale. There, they saw the suspect and his mother walk out of the residence and arrested him.
According to police, the suspect’s mother told them her son had arrived at her Hayward home asking for a ride. In her RV, officers found a black bag with a pistol reported stolen in Pleasanton, a cash drawer, a red mask and cash. In the Sunnyvale home, officers found clothing that matched that worn by the robber.
The suspect was arrested and booked on suspicion of multiple charges including robbery and a felony charge of carrying a loaded firearm with intent to commit a crime. The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety was also investigating whether the suspect was connected to an armed robbery in the city in February.
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