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Armed thieves rob man in carport on Willow Road

Crime similar to robberies reported in Palo Alto at end of 2010

A strong-arm robbery in a carport in the 1300 block of Willow Road in Menlo Park Friday (Feb. 4) at around 10 p.m. left a visitor from Richmond poorer by $300 after two men held him down on the ground and stole his wallet and car keys, police said.

The victim, 24, was talking with another person when two men approached. The victim tried to run away but one of the men tripped him and held him down while the other flashed a gun, said Menlo Park Police Department spokeswoman Nicole Acker.

They took his wallet and keys, police said. The victim suffered cuts to his arms, police said. The men fled on foot.

Police are looking for a mustachioed 20- to 21-year-old Hispanic man about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 150 pounds. At the time of the robbery he was wearing dark pants and a black hooded sweatshirt with a red beanie over the hood, police said.

The other suspect was described as being the same height and wearing the same type of clothing, but was thin and of unknown ethnicity, police said. This suspect had the hood of his sweatshirt drawn tightly to conceal his face, police said.

The crime was similar to several armed robberies reported in residential Palo Alto driveways on Dec. 11 and Dec. 16, 2010, and Jan. 8, 2011.

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