A woman walking in the 1100 block of Harker Avenue in Palo Alto Tuesday at noon was robbed by a young man with a gun, Detective Brian Philip said.
The woman told police the young man "stopped in front of her, produced a silver handgun and demanded her property," Philip said.
The woman gave the man her cell phone. "When the suspect realized she had nothing else, he turned and ran away," Philip said.
The young man was described as Hispanic, about 16 years old, 5-feet 5-inches tall and weighing 125 pounds. He was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt with the hood over his head, baggy blue jeans and white sneakers. He may have been unshaven around his mouth.
The woman was not injured.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the police tip line at 650-329-2190.