Palo Alto police have arrested a San Jose man in connection with the robberies of a pizza delivery man and a woman whose purse was snatched as she returned home.
Dean Allen Holmes Jr., 23, was arrested and booked at the Main Jail in San Jose on Jan. 19 for the robberies, Palo Alto police announced Tuesday (Feb. 22).
On Dec. 11, 2010, a woman was robbed of her purse in front of her home in the 900 block of El Cajon Way at 7:04 p.m.
The victim was returning home and parked her car in the driveway. As she approached her front door, she heard footsteps behind her. The suspect grabbed her from behind, took her purse and fled, police said.
On Jan. 10, 2011, at 9:15 p.m., a local pizza delivery driver was returning to his parked vehicle in the 4000 block of Ben Lomond Drive when a man approached and robbed him of his property at gunpoint. The victim was not hurt during the robbery, police said.
Holmes was identified as a suspect in the December robbery through extensive investigations and a parole search, police said.
He was arrested after an iPod purchased with the female victim's stolen credit card was found in his home.
During the investigation, information was discovered that Holmes may have been involved in an additional robbery.
The pizza-delivery man was shown a photo lineup and positively identified Holmes as the man who robbed him.
Holmes was booked on charges of parole violation with recommended charges of two counts of robbery, burglary and illegal use of a stolen credit card, police said.