Man on cell phone assaulted, robbed in Palo Alto

Police arrest one suspect in Friday morning armed robbery

A man was on his cell phone in the 500 block of Forest Avenue at 12:08 a.m. Friday morning when two men jumped out of a car and robbed him of his wallet, Palo Alto police Lt. Sandra Brown said.

One of the men flashed a handgun, hit the victim in the head and "forcibly removed his wallet," Brown said.

An East Palo Alto police officer spotted the suspects' vehicle in the driveway of an East Palo Alto house shortly after the robbery. Palo Alto police -- with help from the East Palo Alto and Menlo Park police departments -- searched the house and found the victim's wallet, as well as the handgun and clothing used in the robbery.

One of the suspects was detained and booked into Juvenile Hall in San Jose. The victim was not seriously injured.

— Tyler Hanley

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Posted by Great News
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 5, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Wow, what a blessing that this person's wallet was found and hope the bad guy is in jail.

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Posted by how old?
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm

The article says 2 men committed the robbery, but the suspect was booked into Juvenile Hall. How old was he? Was anyone else arrested?

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Posted by enough
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 5, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Enough! This kind of criminal activity is becoming utterly commonplace - and that is inexcusable. DO SOMETHING! The police need to do more. The citizens need to do more. And there needs to be more social shame put on the perpetrators of crime. More rights for the victim - minimal rights for the criminals. Enough!

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 5, 2010 at 6:35 pm

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Posted by Nelly
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 5, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Is it just me or does crime seem to be on the rise in PA? I've lost track of the burglaries, home invasions, in Palo Alto. In the last month I've read about 5 people from Bryant/Addison to Lytton Plaza being robbed of their wallets, car, laptops, purses......?????? Makes me a little paranoid.

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Posted by HEY
a resident of Green Acres
on Nov 6, 2010 at 5:25 am


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Posted by hey
a resident of Green Acres
on Nov 6, 2010 at 5:27 am

investingating crimes do not bring in revenue for the city.

the PAPD are so busy with traffic citations to meet their own hidden quota!

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Posted by old timer
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 6, 2010 at 7:48 am

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Posted by goalie
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 6, 2010 at 9:22 am

@Fairview - No, it's not really due to the police that our crime rate is low. [If so, then a very small measure.] It's primarily due to the citizens. Without taking a side, racial profile has been a recurring discussion between the PD and the community in recent years. You can bet that it is indeed on their mind.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 6, 2010 at 11:34 am

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Posted by Really!?
a resident of another community
on Nov 8, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I might have read the article wrong, but I'm pretty sure it says that someone was arrested for robbing somebody. I also believe it said something about a gun and a hit to the head. I'm sorry, but it seems to me that the Police are doing the right thing.

@goalie- It is a combination of efforts by the Police and the citizens to keep the crime rate down. The Police are few, and they depend on the community to help unveil problems and report crimes.

I know you can't please everybody, but you would think that the squeaky wheel would open their eyes to reality. The Police are the good guys. If you get pulled over for anything, you are still technically breaking the law. Just because it isn't a felony, it is still a crime. If you disagree with that, then you should write your Representative, that is what they are there for.

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