Police Say Man Posing as ‘Concerned Citizen’ Actually Suspect in Armed Robbery

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SACRAMENTO --

It was just another peaceful morning of gardening for 76-year-old Erendira Daniel until a swarm of squad cars raced by her home.

"So many police. I don't know, because I saw a white truck and many police, and I'm thinking, 'what happened?'" Daniel said.

She has been living in the Gardenland area since 1969, and throughout the years, she's seen the neighborhood change from good to bad to good again. So when she found out there was an armed home-invasion robbery just around the corner, she was surprised.

"I don't have a fence right here. I raised nine children right here, good children. And it surprised me these things happen around here," Daniel said.

According to Sacramento Police, about 6 a.m. Saturday, a man in a skeleton mask was lurking around the 300 block of Bowman Avenue. He used a ladder to get over the fence onto his neighbor's property. After getting inside the home, the suspect demanded medication and other items at gunpoint. But police say he didn't really have a good exit plan.

"At this point, the robbery occurred, and then he fled out of the house into the front yard, where he was trapped by the fence. The victim actually had to let him out of the front yard," Sgt. Bryce Heinlein of the Sacramento Police Department said.

"Sounds like it was maybe his first time," neighbor Daniel Pena Sanchez said.

When police arrived, they found the stolen items, gun and mask on the front lawn. Nearby, officers met 21-year-old neighbor Angelo Tapia who told police he was a "concerned citizen."

"It was not until the officers contacted the victim and ended up putting the suspect's description against the 'concerned citizen,' as he played, that they discovered that this was actually the suspect," Heinlein said.

Tapia was immediately detained, and arrested. Residents in the area are still shocked that criminals target their fellow neighbors.

"They did not have a prior relationship and did not even know each other," Heinlein said.

"I thought it was older people that live here, but I guess you never know who lives right around the corner," Pena Sanchez said.

Police said no one was hurt in the incident.

 

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