Three men and a juvenile were arrested after failed attempts to buy -- and later, steal -- alcohol from a Safeway in Midtown Palo Alto Sunday morning (March 13).
The men, Francisco Aguilar, 20, and Amador Maldonado, 25, both of East Palo Alto, and Enrique Perez, 20, of Menlo Park, entered the Safeway with the 14-year-old boy at around 2 a.m. and tried to buy alcohol, Palo Alto police Lt. Doug Keith said.
A store employee told them that the store doesn't sell alcohol between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
The men allegedly became angry and threatened to hurt the employee. When he still wouldn't sell them the alcohol, Aguilar hit the employee and tried to throw a four-pack of cranberry juice at his head, Keith said. He missed. His three companions, meanwhile, tried, and failed, to open the locked alcohol cabinet in the Middlefield Road store.
Maldonado, Perez and the juvenile ultimately fled from the store empty-handed while Aguilar stayed behind and was arrested inside the Safeway shortly after the incident. The other three suspects were arrested minutes later at the nearby 711, Keith said.
All four were charged with robbery, he said. No one was hurt.