$10,000 reward offered for armed-robber info

Latest armed robbery occurred Wednesday night in 3900 block of Nelson Drive in south Palo Alto

A $10,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of the man who is committing armed robberies in Palo Alto has been offered by City Manager James Keene, police announced Friday (Dec. 24).

Police Lt. Sandra Brown announced the award, after earlier disclosing that police have a "person of interest" relating to several robberies in a continuing string of armed robberies -- the latest of which occurred Wednesday night (Dec. 22) on Nelson Drive, police reported Thursday.

The Wednesday robbery occurred in the 3900 block of Nelson near the Charleston shopping center, when a man pointed a gun at a woman and stole her purse at about 10:45 p.m., Brown reported. He ran off toward East Charleston Road.

The woman was not injured.

Brown said the man matched the description of a man who has been holding up people in recent weeks: He was described as a thin, tall black man wearing dark clothing and a baseball cap.

Police announced that they have a person of interest in at least three of the robberies that have occurred since Sept. 20.

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Posted by Wondering?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 24, 2010 at 10:26 am

This article is so vague that it's not clear if the police actually have a person in custody who might be the "perp" or they have a description of someone who is "interesting" to them--but they have no idea who he is or where he lives.

Maybe the Weekly could ask these questions before posting these sorts of articles?

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Posted by Midtown chick
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 24, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I agree with Wondering and hope that the reporters and editors take note of this. From a guess, the person is not in custody but you would not really know that from this article. When readers have to guess what you mean that is not good reporting.

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Posted by likely not in custody
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm

If the person was arrested, the police would have released his name, right? But the article is unclear about whether the police was looking for this person or if they have already interviewed him, but released him because of lack of evidence.

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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Dec 27, 2010 at 10:25 am

Someone knows who this creep is, and who can't use ten grand? TURN HIM IN!

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