Police use bomb squad robot to capture burglary suspect

Credit: Nampa Police Department

Police use bomb squad robot to capture burglary suspect

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 7:57 AM

NAMPA -- A tactical police team captured a burglary suspect using a bomb squad robot early Wednesday morning.

Angel Pena, 24, of Caldwell was taken into custody shortly after 1 a.m. near the 600 block of Northside Boulevard.

Officers suspected Pena of residential burglary after finding him inside a Nampa hotel room linked to another burglary suspect who had just been arrested.

However, police say Pena was able to lock himself in the room before they could question him, and refused to come out after being contacted. Police say a quick check through court records showed he was on parole, and officers were able to secure a warrant for his arrest.

Officers also suspected Pena of being armed and dangerous. NPD Sergeant Tim Randall says that's why the tactical team chose to use the robot.

The robot was able to use push open the door after an officer was able to unlock the hotel room door with a key card supplied by hotel staff.

Click the play icon above to watch raw video from the robot's camera as it enters the suspect's room. Small portions have been sped up in the interest of time. To see it on the app, go to the video tab.

Randall says the machine then entered the room and allowed officers to establish communication with Pena via cameras and a loudspeaker.

"It goes in, and pulls up to him. There's a speaker on it," Randall told KTVB.

According to reports, the 24-year-old surrendered without incident after police negotiators spoke to him via the robot.

Police say he was not armed when he exited the hotel room. Officers have not released information about the contents of the room he was in.

The Canyon County Sheriff's Office is investigating Pena's link to other burglaries in the area.

Pena is currently in the Canyon County Jail on an agent's warrant. He has not been formally charged with burglary.

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