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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