Mother and Young Children Robbed at Gunpoint Near School

Police warn that the suspect is still at large.


San Mateo Police (SMPD) are warning the local community that an armed robbery took place Wednesday afternoon, and the suspect is still at large.

On Wednesday, just before noon, SMPD officers and on-duty detectives responded to a report of an armed robbery in the 700 block of Indian Avenue near North Humboldt Street, in the area of

The area was immediately saturated with police personnel, who determined that the suspect was no longer at the scene.

According to SMPD spokesperson, Sgt. David Norris, the victim of the armed robbery was a 36-year-old San Mateo resident, who was walking in the area with her two children - a 13-year-old female and a 6-year-old male - when they were confronted by the suspect.

The suspect brandished a handgun and demanded property from the victim. After taking the property, the suspect fled the area southbound, on N. Humboldt Street.


Suspect Description

Sgt. Norris said, the suspect in this case was on foot, and there is no associated vehicle known.

The suspect was described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic male in his late teens to early 20s. He was described as being around 6 feet in height with a stocky build. The suspect appeared to be armed with a handgun.


Investigation is Ongoing

Norris said, SMPD detectives are following up and pursuing all investigative leads.

SMPD is asking for the community’s assistance – anyone who has information about this case, or who may have seen or heard something suspicious in the area during the time period of late morning to early afternoon on Wednesday in the area of College Park Elementary is encouraged to contact the San Mateo Police Department.


San Mateo Police Urge Caution

This case involves a possible armed suspect - therefore, a statement issued by the San Mateo Police Department urges members of the community not to approach or confront any potentially armed suspect.

Rather, the police ask that citizens contact SMPD and/or forward the information by phone or text message through any of the means below:


Emergency or in-progress crime:    9-1-1

SMPD Investigations Bureau:          650-522-7650

SMPD Secret Witness hotline:         650-522-7676

Anonymous Text to SMPD:              650-262-3473

SMPD Dispatch:                               650-522-7700


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Anita Reimann August 30, 2012 at 04:06 AM
This is scary... what kind of scumbag robs a mom with kids at gunpoint in broad daylight near an elementary school??? Doesn't make me feel too secure about letting my kid walk home from SMHS.
Sandy August 30, 2012 at 05:00 AM
FYI That is not the correct address of College Park School. College Park is located at 715 Indian Avenue, San Mateo.
Jennifer van der Kleut August 31, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Sandy - thanks for noticing that! Fixing now.


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