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Man Who Tied Woman Up in Violent San Mateo Robbery Now in Custody, Police Say

The 20-year-old Redwood City man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of robbery, residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and false imprisonment of an elder in connection with the March 17 attack.

Police were able to get a photo from one of the ATM machines that the man accessed with the woman's card, in the hopes that someone might recognize him.
Police were able to get a photo from one of the ATM machines that the man accessed with the woman's card, in the hopes that someone might recognize him.
By Bay City News Service:

A Redwood City man was arrested this week in connection with a violent attack in which a woman who surprised a burglar in her home was tied up for more than 24 hours and robbed in San Mateo, a police sergeant announced.

Hugo Munguia, 20, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of robbery, residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and false imprisonment of an elder in connection with the March 17 attack, according to Sgt. Dave Norris.

Munguia was identified as a suspect after police released a surveillance photo take at an ATM machine where he allegedly used the victim's ATM card.

San Mateo police received around 30 tips in response to the photo, Norris said.

The 66-year-old woman surprised the suspect in her Edinburg Street home in San Mateo around noon. The suspect tied her up and held her hostage for more than 24 hours before she broke free.

She suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said.

Norris said the burglary appeared to have started out in a typical manner with a "door knock," in which suspects knock to check if anyone is home before breaking in.

Once the victim returned home, however, the situation quickly escalated, Norris said.


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Janet Kosik March 31, 2014 at 04:54 PM
Please don't excuse this behavior by attributing it to "desperate" times.
Janet Kosik March 31, 2014 at 04:56 PM
By the way, Mike, society SHOULD vilify this criminal.
Mike GH T. March 31, 2014 at 05:19 PM
LOL, if you all feel so strongly about vilifying this person and have zero tolerance, then you should all support the efforts of former CA state governors to expedite the death penalty process instead of letting it extend so long. Cull the prison population. The only thing I ask is give zero tolerance to white collar criminals, ie the likes of Kenneth Lay that robbed thousands of their livelyhood and savings, or Bernie Madoff with his Ponzi scheme.
crumpley March 31, 2014 at 08:29 PM
Notice the word "allegedly" or "suspicion of" in the article. They've just charged someone in the case, and now everyone's ready to see em bring out the chair. Lovely culture we've got.
Angela April 01, 2014 at 01:58 AM
VJ I apologize I must of been so shocked I got the names switched, Thank you for pointing out to me. Mike- Both Wall Street scum, and dirtbags who rob and tie up people are bad. I dont think any times make it okay for either to be okay. Tonight there was a story about a similar robbery in Pleasant Hill with 85 year women and another woman. The robber got the older woman a glass of water, kleenex and kept saying he was sorry. He put them in a bedroom with a TV and did not harm them. Again not ok and I would still give him jail time.

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