Two armed robberies Sunday in Menlo Park

Gunman robs BevMo on El Camino Real

A man armed with a large silver revolver got away with an undetermined amount of cash in a robbery of the BevMo liquor store in the mini-mall at 700 El Camino Real in Menlo Park at around 6:50 p.m. Sunday (May 1), police report.

In the 1300 block of Willow Road in Menlo Park, a few minutes earlier, at 6:40 p.m., a man carrying what appeared to be a knife accosted a 15-year-old pedestrian, told him to empty his pockets, and got away with a cell phone, said Nicole Acker of the Menlo Park Police Department.

There were no injuries in either incident, police said.

In the liquor store robbery, the suspect, a black man in his late 20s to mid 30s, ordered an employee out from behind a cash register to find the store manager, police said.

At the manager's booth, the suspect ordered the manager to remove the contents of the store's safe, which he did, and then to empty each of the store's four cash registers, police said. The suspect took money from one of the registers, police said. The others could not be opened.

A customer in the store at the time did not know it was being robbed, police said.

The suspect, who fled on foot, was wearing a black beanie, a black mask over his nose and mouth, a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and white shoes, police said.

The suspect in the Willow Road robbery is thought to be an Hispanic man between 18 and 20 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall and of slender build. He was wearing a black hat with a white logo and blue jeans, police said.

He was a passenger in a tan Chrysler four-door sedan driven by another Hispanic man, police said.

— Dave Boyce

What is democracy worth to you?
Support local journalism.


Like this comment
Posted by o yeah?
a resident of Southgate
on May 3, 2011 at 11:33 am

it was said ''light skinned black'' but you say he is ''black''. dont want to give him any white privilege props?? obvious racism.

Like this comment
Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 3, 2011 at 3:17 pm

^ Always someone who feels the need to pull the race card when they feel things are not going their way.

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

All your news. All in one place. Every day.

After experiencing harassment, owner of Zareen's restaurants speaks out about Islamophobia, racism
By Elena Kadvany | 28 comments | 7,650 views

Don't Miss Your Exit (and other lessons from an EV drive)
By Sherry Listgarten | 15 comments | 2,519 views

Goodbye Food Waste!
By Laura Stec | 8 comments | 2,478 views

Premarital and Couples: Tips for Hearing (Listening) and Being Known
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,055 views

Is racism also a local problem?
By Diana Diamond | 31 comments | 874 views


Register today!

‚ÄčOn Friday, October 11, join us at the Palo Alto Baylands for a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon! All proceeds benefit local nonprofits serving children and families.

Learn More