Knife-wielding man robs Palo Alto Goodwill

Jose Hernandez Ramirez, 52, arrested following Monday theft

A Santa Clara man was arrested in Palo Alto Monday afternoon minutes after allegedly robbing a Goodwill store and threatening a security guard with a knife, Palo Alto police Officer Mariana Villaescusa said.

Jose Hernandez Ramirez, 52, stole several CDs from the Goodwill at 4085 El Camino Way at 1:35 p.m., Villaescusa said.

"When (Ramirez) was approached by the security guard at Goodwill, he brandished the knife, and the security guard, for his own safety, backed away," Villaescusa said.

Ramirez then fled the scene in a car, she said. Ramirez was pulled over while driving north on El Camino Real near Ventura Road at 1:44 p.m. and was arrested, Villaescusa said.

There were no injuries during the robbery or the arrest.

— Martin Sanchez


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Posted by Koa
a resident of another community
on Jan 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Wow -- what has happened to Palo Alto? It has become a magnet for deviant behavior!

In the last week or two, Palo Alto has this robbery as well as a thug assaulting two police officers (chipping one of their teeth, as well as a murder in October. (Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.)

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Posted by watup
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Jan 27, 2010 at 4:40 pm

are you saying recent suicides of intelligent people ''crime ridden''? you are the kind people need to stay away from.

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Posted by Mr. Fischer
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 28, 2010 at 1:03 am

To KOA,......"Believe it or not",....there is more crime in "Palo Alto" than in "East Palo Alto". The best criminals are the ones who appear to be wealthy and most are,....They are what not wiser,...slicker,..and less likelier to faulter via judge, or peace officer,...Although times are ever changing. It cost more to heat a mansion/estate than an apartment. For your information we are in a recession,and at war,.... crime has no borders. So check your neighbors again. When you point at other communities you make yourself a target. Both cities suffer the same budget pitfalls under the same California deficit.

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Posted by WOW
a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 28, 2010 at 8:32 am

Well said Mr. Fischer

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 28, 2010 at 10:27 am

Am I missing something here? The first comment made no reference to suicides nor did it reference EPA? So why the challenging remarks from watup and Fisher?


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Posted by Enough
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Jan 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Way to frighten people and ruin your life for a few crummy CD's.

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Posted by P.A. Native
a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Yeah no kidding. I bought a CD there maybe 10 years ago and it was a dollar. How much more could they possibly be now? Either this guy is really dumb or he wanted to be caught.

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Posted by Get 'em
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jan 29, 2010 at 12:25 pm

tHE HEADLINE stating "ROBS PALO ALTO GOODWILL" is a little overstated and hair raising..STEALS is better choice of words as I was immediately thinking someone held a knife and took money from the store register........taking merchandise is a bit different than actually taking money..(wrong, non the less.)

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 29, 2010 at 12:47 pm

You steal (e.g., theft, shoplifting in legalese) when you take without permission something that is not yours. You rob when you have to violate the rights or safety of another while taking something (in this case, it's the knife that makes it a robbery, not the value of what he tried to steal). If he had taken the CDs and run out of the store, it would have been shoplifting, not robbery. And, anticipation of further postings, burglary is when you break into a house or "space" that is not yours and steal when no one is there. If you break in and take a wallet from someone at home, it is robbery.

Just a clarification.

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Posted by Mr. Fischer
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 29, 2010 at 7:39 pm

In responce to the,...."cresent park dad",... There was a comment made directly toward the people of E.P.A. in a very negative light,....the post was partially removed by online staff, which was the right thing to do. "THANK YOU STAFF",...some people think East Palo Alto,...and Palo Alto are two separate countries,.... ,. We are governed by the same state,"CALIFORNIA, the United States of America. So for your information you are missing a whole lot. I repeat,"CRIME HAS NO BORDERS",...It is a negative "adjective" and a "verb", The subjects involved are "proper nouns". You are a noun because you are the one who don't get it. We are in a recession so crime is up people are desparate all over the states of America. To all of you be watchful of yourself and others,.... An accusation of other communities can harm yours. The concept is,..."Don't accuse me of having a splinter in my eye ,when you have a plank in yours.

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Posted by chuck
a resident of another community
on Feb 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm

If you take something that doesn't belong to you it is "theft" (petty or grand depending on the value of the utem or in some cases what it is).

If you break into a structure or car or enter with the intent to steal the crime is burgalry.

If you take someting from another thru the use of force or fear it is robbery.

This went from being a theft to being a robbery when he used the knife to take the items by force.

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