An armed man from the Hillsdale Mall stopped outside the second mall



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SAN MATEO – A wanted suspect in connection with reports of an armed man in front of a shopping center was arrested in front of a second shopping center, authorities said Sunday.

In a pair of tweets around 4:35 pm, the police shared the image of a person alleged to be an armed man.

"The SMPD is currently investigating the report of an armed subject in the Hillsdale shopping center area. This information has not been confirmed, but with great caution, agents have flooded the area, "said the police in a tweet.

"If you recognize this, call 911 immediately. The mall remains open, but avoid the area. "

The other tweet described the suspect as a white man in his twenties, dressed in a black polo shirt, dark colored trousers and light colored shoes, a light colored baseball cap with a large logo and a black duffel bag with brown straps.

At approximately 5:30 pm, police reported that the mall had been emptied and reopened, and that the center was never officially closed despite the closure of some storeowners' doors.

Shortly before 9 pm, police said the suspect was identified and arrested in front of Laurelwood Mall, about three kilometers east of Hillsdale.

Mall shoppers and visitors tweeted about the police intervention that followed Sunday afternoon.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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