A 14-hour negotiation with a barricaded attempted armed robbery suspect at a Redwood City home ended today after SWAT team members deployed chemical agents into the residence, which resulted in his arrest without further resistance, police said.
The incident unfolded just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, when officers were called to the 500 block of Charter Street on a report that a man had confronted them and pointed a gun at them after they declined his demand for a beverage, according to the Redwood City Police Department. The victims quickly walked away and the suspect fled on foot, police said.
The suspect was later identified as 37-year-old Domingo Molina, Jr. in a photo lineup. Police learned Molina was last seen entering a home in the 500 block of Flynn Avenue. A Redwood City SWAT team and members of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and San Mateo Police Department responded to establish a perimeter. Negotiators tried all sorts of ways to get him to end the standoff, including “pleading requests from family members.” In the end, the SWAT team deployed chemical agents that prompted Molina to exit the residence “after several minutes,” police said.
He was taken into custody, medically evaluated for previous injuries sustained elsewhere and booked into county jail for attempted armed robbery, resisting arrest, possession of methamphetamine, and on an outstanding felony warrant, police said.