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SMPD: 'Armed and Violent' Suspect Tied Woman Up for 24 Hours, Ransacked Home

"The suspect restrained the victim, obtained her ATM card, and held the victim in her home while he accessed her account several times over the next 24 hours," police said.

Police were able to get a photo from one of the ATM machines that the man accessed with the woman's card, and are hoping that someone may recognize him.
Police were able to get a photo from one of the ATM machines that the man accessed with the woman's card, and are hoping that someone may recognize him.
The San Mateo Police Department issued an alert Wednesday, asking for the public's help in identifying a man they say tied a local woman up while he ransacked her home.

SMPD-- which called the ordeal a "violent incident"-- says a 66-year-old woman returned to her Edinburgh Street home around noon on Monday to find the man inside, burglarizing the place. 

"The victim was tied up by the suspect, and suffered non-life-threatening injuries," police said in their alert.  "The suspect restrained the victim, obtained her ATM card, and held the victim in her home while he accessed her account several times over the next 24 hours."

When the woman eventually broke free, and called police, the man was already gone.  

Detectives took her to the hospital, while officers searched for the man, described as Hispanic, approximately 30-years-old, about 5’10’’ with a medium build, and with medium length hair with a “wave” at the end.

"Additional SMPD Officers responded to check the victim’s residence and comb the crime scene and surrounding area for evidence and witnesses," police said.  "The suspect was not on scene and has not yet been located."

Police were able to get a photo from one of the ATM machines that the man accessed with the woman's card, and are hoping that someone may recognize him.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact San Mateo Police – Det. Bennett  at 650-522-7664 or sbennett@cityofsanmateo.org



Phillip Bailey March 25, 2014 at 07:06 PM
Drove by the area and it seems she has much family in attendance as there are cars parked in front and across the street from her beautiful home on Edinburgh and Virginia.
Francie March 25, 2014 at 07:28 PM
He definitely doesn't look Hispanic. He looks middle eastern or Caucasian. The mole is a dead giveaway; someone will recognize his ugly mug and he will get caught.
RM March 29, 2014 at 10:19 AM
I think I just saw on the ticker on the bottom of the Channel 4 news that they caught this loser. Redwood City resident - yep, must be hispanic. BUSTED! Dude, what the hell were you thinking? Did it even occur to you that you're going to spend YEARS in San Quentin as a result of this? Do you know how miserable that's going to be? Please, just off yourself and save yourself the hassle. Off yourself and save us the expense.
Phillip Bailey March 29, 2014 at 02:40 PM
His nationality is not a factor. Evil and Filth comes in all shapes and sizes and ethnicity. Here ya go RM San Mateo, CA Police Department Advisory: Community Assist, Round-the-Clock Detective Work Result in COMMUNITY ALERT CITY of SAN MATEO POLICE DEPARTMENT 200 Franklin Parkway, San Mateo, CA 94403 www.cityofsanmateo.org Hugo Munguia, a 20 year-old resident of unincorporated Redwood City, is in custody for a violent residential burglary-gone-wrong! We were able to take another violent criminal off the street this week thanks to a tip from the community - generated by our use of traditional and social media, and the relentless follow-up and investigation of your SMPD Detectives. Last week, SMPD Detectives asked for our Community’s assistance to help identify the suspect in a violent incident, where a 66 year old female resident interrupted a suspect burglarizing her Edinburgh Street home. The victim was tied up by the suspect, and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. By the time the victim broke free and notified us, the suspect had already fled the scene. SMPD was able to confirm that this was an isolated incident that started as a burglary of an unoccupied residence. The burglary followed the typical door-knock burglary pattern that we have seen as a Bay Area-wide trend. Unfortunately the suspect was able to gain easy access to the residence due to unlocked perimeter gates and doors. The suspect violently escalated this crime when the victim arrived home. She was taken hostage for over 24 hours as the suspect stole property and accessed the victim’s debit cards. SMPD Detectives worked around-the-clock on about 30 leads called in based on the ATM photo of the suspect that we published with the assistance of traditional and social media. Detectives were able to lock their sights on Munguia, and quickly established factors that matched him up to this crime. On Thursday March 27th, at about 4:30pm, Munguia was arrested by our Crime Reduction Unit upon arriving at his residence. Detectives executed a search warrant at Munguia’s residence, and seized significant evidence tying him to the crime. Munguia was booked into San Mateo County Jail for Robbery, Residential Burglary, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Kidnapping (for moving the victim to another room in the residence), and False Imprisonment of an Elder. SMPD Detectives are investigating Munguia’s possible involvement in other burglaries. This is an important example of how the media and community assistance helped us track down this violent criminal. SAFETY REMINDER: This incident unfortunately occurred because an unknowing victim was surprised to return home to a stranger in her residence. If you arrive home and anything seems amiss – if suspicious activity is occurring or has occurred, or you find a stranger in your home – back out if you can - go to a safe place and CALL SMPD immediately! Do not confront suspects during the commission of a crime – we can never assume the behavior of criminal strangers. This case was also discovered to have begun as a typical door-knock burglary. Remember that burglars are opportunists – make sure that your homes are completely secured when you leave, even if it’s just for a few minutes! As always, IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING – If you see ANY in-progress crime or suspicious activity, please contact the police department immediately via 911. SMPD Dispatch Non-Emergency Number – 650-522-7700 MEDIA FOLLOW-UP: This suspect in the case above has been arrested. SMPD does not have available booking photos – for booking photos, please contact the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office at pio@smcgov.org. For follow-up questions regarding this incident, please contact the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. SMPD Media Point-of-Contact for this case is PIO Sergeant Dave Norris 650-522-7626 dnorris@cityofsanmateo.org

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