A 24-year-old Palo Alto resident allegedly attacked and robbed a group of five teenagers Monday afternoon after a small noise-maker the teens threw off a parking garage roof hit the man, who was walking on the sidewalk below.
At around 4:41 p.m., the group of teenagers all 14 or 15 years old, police said arrived at the police station to report the incident that had just occurred at the 445 Bryant St. parking garage. They told police they had been throwing small, white noise-makers -- some brands are called "Snappers" or "Pop Pop" -- off the roof of the five-story garage and one hit Daniel Adam Esquivel.
Esquivel took the garage elevator to the roof and confronted the teens, police said. He shoved one of them, a 15 year old, demanded money from another, a 14 year old, and threatened to throw them off the roof, police said.
The 14 year old handed over cash from his wallet and Esquivel left on foot. The five teenagers immediately went to the police station to report the alleged crime. They provided a description of Esquivel, who police located at about 5 p.m. walking in the 300 block of University Ave.
Esquivel was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for felony robbery, felony criminal threats and misdemeanor battery.
The teens were not cited for anything, said Palo Alto police Lt. Zachary Perron.