Police have arrested two men who they believe robbed a man at gunpoint earlier this month near downtown Palo Alto.
Christopher Mailau Vea and Patrick Tupoumalohi were arrested Aug. 23 in East Palo Alto. Palo Alto detectives used surveillance videos from a gas station where the two used the credit card stolen during the Bryant Street robbery shortly after the theft, Palo Alto police announced Tuesday, Aug. 27.
Police suspect Vea and Tupoumalohi of robbing a man who was walking on the 100 block of Bryant at night on Aug. 12. The two men approached the victim, pointed a black handgun at him and demanded he lie on the ground and give up items from his pocket, including his wallet, and a bag containing his laptop. The victim was not injured.
After an investigation that included sharing the surveillance footage with other nearby agencies, police came up with a match, stemming mainly from the fact that Vea was on probation for a 2011 first-degree burglary, according to Detective Sgt. Brian Philip.
Police arrested Vea and Tupoumalohi, both 20, on Friday, Aug. 23, and special-weapons and tactics teams conducted a search warrant for evidence of the robbery, according to a police press release. They found three black BB guns whose orange safety tips had been painted black.
Vea and Tupoumalohi were booked at the Santa Clara County Main jail on one felony count of robbery.
Police ask anyone with information about the suspects to call the 24-hour police dispatch center at 650-329-2413 or anonymously text email@example.com or 650-383-8984.