The Shell gas station on Embarcadero Road off Highway 101 in Palo Alto was robbed at gunpoint early Wednesday morning, Palo Alto police Lt. Sandra Brown said. (View press release)
Brown said a man wearing a stocking cap approached the teller, brandished a handgun and demanded cash. The suspect fled with an unknown amount of money. Brown said there was a "communication barrier" between the suspect and the teller, who didn't speak much English.
The suspect fled north through Edgewood Shopping Center, Brown said. Officers responded immediately and used a K-9 police dog to help search for the suspect, though they were unable to locate him.
The suspect is described as a black male, about 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing approximately 120 pounds and wearing a gray sweatshirt and a stocking cap.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Palo Alto police at 650-329-2413 or by e-mailing the department's anonymous tip line at firstname.lastname@example.org.