Two young men arrested for a Jan. 5 carjacking on California Avenue have been arrested again for armed robbery of Century Liquors in Midtown that occurred a week earlier.
The first suspect, 18-year-old Amador Valentin Rivera of East Palo Alto, has been in the Santa Clara County Main Jail since his arrest for the carjacking.
An investigation of the Dec. 29 liquor store robbery led police again to Rivera. They served him a warrant for the robbery Monday, Feb. 25, at the jail.
The second suspect, a 16-year-old juvenile who splits his time between homes in Oakland and Menlo Park, had been released after his booking for carjacking.
He was re-arrested Friday, Feb. 15, at his school in Oakland and taken to Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.
The two allegedly robbed Century Liquors on Middlefield Road at gunpoint on Dec. 29 about 7:55 p.m., escaping with cash and about $230 worth of alcohol, police said. No one was injured.
A week later, Saturday, Jan. 5 at about 9:40 p.m., they were arrested after allegedly committing a carjacking using a realistic-looking BB gun near the intersection of California Avenue and Park Boulevard. The victim, a Palo Alto woman in her 30s, complied with the gunman by stepping out of her car and was not injured.
Palo Alto police said they are still investigating a series of six street robberies five of them downtown dating back to Dec. 2. They said it is not known whether Rivera or the juvenile were involved with any of those crimes.
They ask people with information about any of the incidents to contact the 24-hour dispatch center at 650 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to email@example.com or sent by text or voice mail to 650 383-8984.