Palo Alto police arrested an 18-year-old man Monday night (April 4) who may be responsible for five unsolved robberies in Palo Alto and several others nearby, a police spokesman said Tuesday.
The arrest stemmed from an incident on the 1200 block of Hamilton Avenue Monday at 10:15 p.m. Several people were sitting in their vehicle at the side of the road when East Palo Alto resident Deanonta Holmes, wearing a ski mask and holding a handgun, approached them and demanded money, police said.
The victims said they were not from the area and did not have any money, and Holmes let them go, police said. The victims quickly drove off and called police, and officers soon set up a perimeter on Hamilton, Sgt. Wayne Benitez said.
Police saw Holmes walking down Hamilton and detained him, police said. Near where they detained him they discovered a ski mask, latex gloves and a fake handgun, and Holmes then reportedly admitted to several of Palo Alto's unsolved armed robberies.
He has prior arrests of weapons and theft-related charges, according to a police press release.
Police have confirmed that Holmes is the younger brother of Dean Allen Holmes, 23, of San Jose. Dean Allen Holmes was arrested in February for allegedly robbing a pizza-delivery employee at gunpoint and for allegedly snatching a woman's purse while she approached the front door of her home.
He is a former Palo Alto resident and graduated from Gunn High School in 2005, according to a graduation roster. He was known to police while a student, police said.
Deanonta Holmes is not known to have attended Gunn, police said.