Man accused of robbing 16-year-old San Mateo girl of dollar pleads not guilty

A man accused of robbing a 16-year-old girl of a dollar at gunpoint while standing outside her San Mateo home has pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Matthew Nguyen, 22, of San Mateo, pleaded not guilty to charges related to robbery, assault and vandalism after a robbery in February and his subsequent arrest where he is accused of taking a swing at an officer and vandalizing his holding cell, prosecutors said.

The robbery reportedly occurred Feb. 26 about 5:45 p.m. when a 16-year-old girl was doing her homework in her home in San Mateo at her dining room table when she looked up and saw a man outside the patio window pointing a gun at her, prosecutors said. The suspect is alleged to have yelled through the window “Just get money.”

The victim screamed for her father and the suspect kept repeating his demand for money, prosecutors said. The victim took a dollar out of her pocket and opened the door a crack and held it out for the suspect, who took the dollar and fled the scene.

Police found the suspect nearby with an Airsoft Pistol and dollar bill in his possession, prosecutors said. The suspect was identified as Nguyen, and he was booked into jail.

At the police station, Nguyen reportedly “became enraged,” and took a swing at an officer, but missed. He also is alleged to have vandalized the room he was being held in.

Nguyen will return to court July 21 and he remains in custody on $50,000 bail.

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