Police search for weekend robber/carjackers

Palo Alto, East Palo Alto foot chase and search fails to locate the robbers, despite police dogs

Midpeninsula police agencies are seeking two men, possibly Pacific Islanders, who were involved in a robbery and carjacking in Palo Alto about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

The men fled on foot after an East Palo Alto officer spotted the stolen vehicle, and could not be captured despite a foot chase and neighborhood search, police reported Tuesday evening.

Palo Alto police Agent Max Nielepko said the robbery/carjacking occurred in the 3300 block of Park Boulevard. He said three men, two in their 20s and one in his 40s, were standing around a 2007 white Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck talking while it warmed up.

The men were accosted by two men who had passed them shortly before, one of whom produced a gun and demanded their wallets and cell phones.

The robbers went a short distance away, then returned as one victim was getting into the truck and demanded the vehicle.

The gunman, who wore a white hockey mask and a pea jacket, is described as in his early 20s, about 6 feet 4 or 5 inches tall and about 250 pounds. His race or ethic background could not be determined.

The second robber, wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt, was described as a Pacific Islander also in his early 20, also 6 feet 4 or 5 inches tall and heavier, about 260 to 280 pounds.

The robbery/carjacking was broadcast to surrounding police agencies, and a short time later East Palo Alto police spotted the vehicle and attempted to stop it. The two suspects bailed from the vehicle in the 400 block of Donohoe Street and fled on foot, Nielepko said.

Several other police agencies responded to the area and set up a perimeter. Police dogs were used in an attempt to locate the men, who could not be locaated.

The truck was towed for evidence processing.

Nielepko said the three victims handled the situation well: "It is obvious that robberies can occur anywhere. If you find yourself the unfortunate victim of a robbery, please cooperate with the suspect's demands," Nielepko advised.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Palo Alto Police Department at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips may be sent to

-- Palo Alto Weekly staff


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Posted by helpmelive
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 17, 2010 at 10:15 am

someone tell these geniuses that a 2007 chevy does not need to be warmed up!!

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 17, 2010 at 11:23 am

helmelive: the engine may not need to be warmed up, but the heater probably is not pumping out much hot air for the first few minutes. It's cold at 2:30am these mornings...

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 17, 2010 at 3:54 pm

I hate it when neighbors stand around talking in the middle of the night, their car engines going. Maybe these loser car jackers did the neighborhood a bit of a favor...I bet the victims won't be doing that again any time soon.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 18, 2010 at 11:30 am

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Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm

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