Critical information from an on-scene, a swift and organized police response, and a sharp spot by a veteran San Mateo patrol officer combined yesterday leading to the arrest of two suspects who robbed a store at gunpoint in San Mateo on Tuesday afternoon.According to San Mateo police, at about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, officers were called to Tri Audio Sound at 700 North San Mateo Dr. in San Mateo on an armed robbery that had just occurred.
The owner of the business, a 64-year-old Redwood City man, provided police dispatch with critical information on the suspects, allowing officers on the scene to flood the area in search of the suspects and their vehicle. The victim, whose name has not been released, gave police detailed accounts of both the suspects and their vehicle, a gold or beige 4-door Toyota Camry.
San Mateo police officer Joe Bonachita, a 13-year veteran patrol officer, immediately took to the freeway as the vehicle description was broadcast, and soon spotted the suspect vehicle on southbound US 101.
Police say Bonachita followed the suspect vehicle off the freeway into Belmont, and with the support of officers from San Mateo and Belmont police departments, safely detained both occupants. The two men were positively identified as the suspects and arrested. The replica handgun used in the crime was located in the suspect vehicle.
Suspects Tyler Ehrman, age 21, and Cameron Nickravesh, age 22, both of San Mateo, were booked at San Mateo County Jail on robbery charges. The realistic-looking replica handgun they used to perpetrate the crime was recovered.
No one was injured during the incident and subsequent arrest.