Palo Alto police said they are investigating an armed robbery that took place Tuesday around 10:30 p.m. on the bicycle path between Town & Country Village and the Caltrain tracks.
As the victim bicycled home from work, he was confronted by a man holding a black handgun who demanded the contents of his pockets, police said in a statement issued late Wednesday, July 25.
Fearing for his safety, the bicyclist complied, handing over a cell phone and a small amount of cash.
After taking the items the man fled on foot, leaving the bike path and heading down Encina Way toward El Camino Real, police said.
Police described the robber as an African-American male "of average height," in his 20s wearing jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt.
No injuries occurred.
Police said they are actively investigating the crime.
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