An armed robber stole a Palo Alto woman's purse shortly after midnight today (Saturday, Jan. 8) just after she had parked her car in her driveway in the 2300 block of St. Francis Drive, near Oregon Expressway, police reported.
The woman was not injured, officer Marianna Villaescusa said.
She said a man approached the woman, pointed a handgun at her and demanded property, running off south toward Oregon after she handed over her purse.
The victim noticed a sedan with its motor running parked several houses away, but it is unknown if it is associated with the robbery, Villaescusa reported.
The man was described as a black male 18 to 20 years old, tall with a medium build, and clean shaven. He was wearing a flat-brimmed baseball cap, a grey hooded sweatshirt and baggy jeans, the woman reported.
Villaescusa repeated a frequent police reminder to community members to be aware of their surroundings at all times, especially during evening hours, and to report any suspicious activity as soon as possible.
She said it is not known if this robbery is connected to other recent robberies with similar patterns. She asked anyone with information 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.