Mapapalangis arrested after home invasion in US

Authorities have arrested two Coastside residents following a terrifying home invasion robbery over the weekend. One of the accused had been arrested in Oregon on a felony warrant five days earlier.

San Mateo County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 200 block of Coral Reef Avenue following a burglary call at 12:05 a.m. on Sunday. When they arrived, the 75-year-old victim told them she had been sleeping in her bedroom when someone placed a pillow over her head and tied her wrists together.

One of the intruders, whom the victim believed was a woman, demanded money. When she declined to tell the burglars where her money was kept, the intruders ransacked the residence. Even though the victim couldn’t see the intruders, she heard at least two people in her bedroom. The victim believed she recognized the female’s voice as being that of her caretaker.

The intruders fled with an unknown amount of money. The victim was not injured.

According to a release from the Sheriff’s Office, detectives identified Zoranna Mapapalangi and her husband, Antonio Mapapalangi, as suspects in the home invasion. After obtaining a $500,000 arrest warrant for each of them, detectives located and arrested Antonio Mapapalangi Thursday morning in San Mateo. Later that afternoon, detectives located and arrested his wife in Daly City. Both were booked into the Maguire Correctional Facility on felony charges.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon confirmed on Friday that Zoranna Mapapalangi had been arrested at a rest stop there on Aug. 9. Douglas County deputies ran the plates on the car she occupied along with two men, and found that she was wanted on a felony warrant from Multnomah County, Ore.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says she was arrested and booked into the local jail on Aug. 9, but subsequently paid $1,000 of a $10,000 bond to be released.

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office says Antonio Mapapalangi lives in El Granada. Zoranna Mapapalangi is listed with a Half Moon Bay address. Both were charged with felony robbery and burglary.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Pat Carey at (650) 259-2321 or email him at pcarey@smcgov.org. Detective Gaby Chaghouri can be reached at (650) 259-2314 or emailed at gchaghouri@smcgov.org. Those who wish to remain anonymous are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Anonymous Tip line at: 1-800- 547-2700.

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