A pizza deliverer was robbed at gunpoint in the Greenmeadow neighborhood of south Palo Alto Monday (Jan. 10) night, Palo Alto police said.
The victim was approached by a lone gunman as he was returning to his parked vehicle on the 4000 block of Ben Lomond Drive at approximately 9:15 p.m., Sgt. Dave Flohr said.
The robber pointed a handgun at him and demanded his belongings. The victim handed over his wallet and cell phone and was not harmed. The robber ran away towards Scripps Avenue, police said.
There is no description of the getaway vehicle, Flohr said.
A short time after the robbery, Palo Alto police detained a man who matched the description of the robber. The man was taken to the police station for investigation, but police determined he was not connected to the robbery and he was released without charges.
The gunman is described as a 6-foot-tall black man in his 20s with a dark complexion. He wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and jeans.
"The Palo Alto Police Department would like to remind community members to be aware of their surroundings at all times, especially during the evening hours. Please report any suspicious activity to the Police Department as soon as possible," police said in a press release.
The incident may or may not be connected to other recent robberies in the area, police said.
Anyone with information can call the Palo Alto Police Department at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or anonymous voice mails and text messages can be sent to 650-383-8984.