Palo Alto police report that an armed robber held up two persons who had just pulled into a driveway in the 400 block of Marion Avenue, near Waverley Street, just before 9 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 16).
A man approached and pointed a handgun at them while they still were in the car, demanding property, police reported in a press release issued within two hours of the robbery.
The victims handed over a wallet, cash and credit cards. They were not injured. One victim is a Palo Alto resident, and the second lives in a neighboring city, police reported.
They said the suspect got into a vehicle waiting at Waverley and Marion, and the vehicle drove off north on Waverley toward Oregon Expressway. The vehicle was described as a white, older, four-door Honda Accord.
The suspect was described as black, in his 20s, tall and thin, with short hair, wearing a dark jacket and dark pants.
Police said the robbery "may or may not be connected to other recent robberies in the area."
One recent robbery was on Saturday (Dec. 11) when a woman parked in her driveway in the 900 block of El Cajon Way and got out of her car. A man came up behind her and grabbed her purse, then ran off, leaving the area in a dark-colored four-door car.
The robber was described as black with short hair, between 25 and 45 years old, and about 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a black T-shirt and dark pants.
El Cajon Way is on the northerly side of Oregon Expressway and east of Louis Road, which Marion Way is a block south of Oregon at Waverley street, west of Middlefield Road.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Police Department at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or anonymous voicemails and text messages can be sent to 650-383-8984.