Two 13-year-old boys were robbed in Palo Alto on Saturday afternoon, Palo Alto police said.
One of the alleged robbers rode up to the boys and asked for the time, which one of the victims answered after pulling out an electronic music player.
The boy on the bike then said, "Give us your stuff," according to police. He had his hand in his sweatshirt pocket, police said.
"Both boys heard a sound they described as 'a can of soda opening,' which they thought might be the sound of a gun cocking," police stated in a press release.
The boys did not see a weapon, police said.
The boys handed over the music player and a cellphone and the robbers were last seen crossing the Newell Street bridge into East Palo Alto, police said. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects.
The boys were described as Hispanic males between 15 and 16 years old, wearing black hoodies and blue jeans. The primary aggressor had a thin build and long, straight hair. His BMX bicycle was black and orange, and one of the other boys had a black BMX bike.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Palo Alto police at 650-329-2413.
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