A 15-year-old boy who Palo Alto police believe robbed two younger boys on Edgewood Drive in March was arrested Friday afternoon, April 27.
Police believe the boy, an East Palo Alto resident who wasn't identified because he is a juvenile, was one of three youths who stole a cell phone and an electronic music player from two 13-year-old boys on March 31. The older teenagers allegedly rode up behind the two victims. Two were on BMX-style bikes while the third was on a Razor-style scooter.
Police said one of the older boys asked the 13-year-old boys for the time. He then allegedly rode back to the other two teens before returning to the 13-year-old boys and demanding that they give him their stuff.
Police said the boy demanding the stuff had his hand in his sweatshirt picket. The victims reported hearing a sound that they described as a "can of soda opening," which they thought may have been the sound of a gun cocking. The older boys then fled the scene and were last seen crossing the Newell Street Bridge into East Palo Alto.
After an investigation, police located the boy who they believe committed the robbery on El Camino Real, near Oxford Avenue at about 3 p.m. Friday. The boy was arrested for robbery and then released to a parent in accordance with department policy.