An apparently badly flustered wannabe robber fled with nothing early Sunday after twice failing to take proffered cash from the clerk at the 7-11 store in Midtown Palo Alto, police reported Tuesday.
Lt. Sandra Brown said the 4:28 a.m. robbery attempt involved a young man in his early 20s, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt pulled up over his face.
She said he entered the store, at 708 Colorado Ave., pulled a gun and demanded money. The clerk offered him cash, but instead he grabbed a woman customer and again demanded money.
"The clerk continued to offer the money," Brown reported. But instead "the suspect hesitated then fled the store, running east on Colorado Avenue." He took nothing with him, and neither the clerk nor the woman customer were injured, Brown reported.
Palo Alto police requested a canine unit from Mountain View police, but the dog was unable to establish a scent trail. The robber was described as black, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, she said.