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Early-morning armed robbery hits Stanford

Original post made on Jul 18, 2013

An armed robbery occurred at 12:20 a.m. Thursday on the corner of Palm and Palo drives, according to Stanford University's Department of Public Safety.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 18, 2013, 1:01 PM

Comments

Posted by utica, a resident of South of Midtown
on Jul 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm

who got robbed? people are prejudiced aginst hoodies, yes my vehicle may have been stolen by man with hoodie, but i refuse to be prejudiced against someone because of that. if only more americans were like that. trayvon trial shows unbridled prejudice.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm

utica - I suspect most people have more of an issue w/someone pulling a gun on them than someone wearing a hoodie - at least, here in Calif. It's likely different in Florida.


Posted by Mr.Recycle, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm

@utica - WHo got robbed? A human being, at gunpoint. Have some compassion for the victim instead of hoodie wearing thugs.


Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm

What's a hoodie? That hooded red sweatshirt I wear with the white letters "STANFORD" emblazoned across the chest?


Posted by Nayeli, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 18, 2013 at 5:12 pm

@ utica: I am not biased against hoodies. I wear a few...and so does my husband. I do not, however, wear a hoodie on 80 degree days.

I am not biased against ski masks either. However, if I see a guy with a ski mask walk into the 7/11 on Colorado Ave., I will do my best to leave the store as quickly as possible.

I guess that I understand statistical probability too well. Either that, or I've watched the news enough to realize that a ski mask inside a convenience store is often not very good news.

;-)


Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 19, 2013 at 1:06 pm

First, my sympathy to the victim of this crime.

This kind of incident infuriates me, and the fact that in 5 posted comments now no one is expressing how unacceptable this kind of thing is in our community, or any ideas, not one, on how to fight this. Over and over handguns are being used to commit crimes like this ... it seems close to 1 every month or two now, but someone has to experience that trauma and the rest of us have to keep it in the back of our minds.

These thugs will strike wherever they can, and pretty soon the population of thugs who are encouraged by how easy it is to vent their thuggish frustrations in life by robbing people and traumatizing them will start to shoot innocent people like we see and hear about in Oakland frequently.

As a society we need to discuss this on all levels and try to come up with some solution to it. I would even consider listening to someone who discusses concealed carry or armed solutions to this. There are times when I go for a walk, sometimes late at night, or in secluded places like the Baylands where I wish I had a gun with me. I, who have shot guns before as a young man for recreation, but never owned one and not really ever thought seriously about owning one.

So far I have not been a victim of crime, but as I get older I know it's only a matter of time until I cross paths with some thug like this and they think they can something I have of value without a problem. The alternative is to just not walk around in my own city where I have lived for over 40 years now.

We have a government that is investing billions in keeping detailed information on all of us and who we know, and what information we have been exposed to ... yet does any of that do any good to protect any of us from robbed or assaulted by the very people this corporate society disenfranchises and jettisons out for all the rest of us to have to deal with?

One thing I would like to know ... maybe a few statistics on our government instead of the other way around ... what percentage of these reported incidents are resolved by an arrest and conviction? Who are doing these crimes. Do the police have any real suggestions? How about the victims, can they pass on anything they think might have contributed to their being singled out and victimized?


Posted by shiocked, a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Jul 19, 2013 at 1:39 pm

nayelli wears a hoodie! who woulda thunk! now im really scared!


Posted by businessdecision, a resident of another community
on Jul 19, 2013 at 1:49 pm

How about the laptop aspect?
"post doctoral student, complied with the robber's demands to surrender his laptop"
encrypted of course.
comments?


Posted by Nayeli, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm

@ shiocked:

Why would you be scared of me?

Although I wear hoodies, I don't wear them in 80 degree weather. While I am Hispanic, I don't belong to a gender-specific segment of my demographic that is disproportionately involved in violent crimes or robberies (particularly in Palo Alto).


Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 19, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Good luck CrescentParkAnon. It goes without saying, that this is unacceptable, in our community or any other. Regular commenters here know that any debate about short term or long term solutions would find many of the ideas quickly censored. The issue is just too divisive for this venue. I suggest attending neighborhood association meetings when crime is the topic. Representatives of the PAPD are often invited speakers. I think Chief Burns will be introducing our newest police canine, Eddie, at Heritage Park (Homer & Waverley) Saturday around 3pm. The usual suggestion to citizens is just to be very aware of your surroundings. I know, not very helpful. But maybe you can get your other questions answered, and find out the difficulties faced by law enforcement.


Posted by Jug, a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 21, 2013 at 11:33 am

I wonder how many convenience stores are robbed by someone not wearing a "hoodie"?