Fry's customer escapes gun-wielding man

Customer approached by two men in parking lot Wednesday night

A man received an unwelcome holiday surprise in the parking lot of Fry's Electronics Wednesday night (Dec. 7) when two men wearing masks and black clothing approached him and flashed a handgun, Palo Alto police confirmed Thursday.

The incident occurred at approximately 10 p.m. as the victim was walking to a car in the Fry's parking lot when he was confronted by two men that were hiding behind a vehicle, police said. One of the men showed the victim a handgun and told him to walk with them, which he refused to do. The men then quickly fled the area, possibly after seeing a Palo Alto patrol vehicle enter the parking lot, police said.

The victim informed the loss prevention officer at Fry's of the incident, which was then reported to a Palo Alto police officer that had responded to Fry's on a shoplifting report, police said. Police set up a perimeter but were unable to locate the two men.

The men were described as Hispanic of an unknown age, wearing masks and black clothing, according to police. Nothing was taken from the victim and no injuries were reported, police said.

— Tyler Hanley


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Posted by dark and scary
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 8, 2011 at 11:09 am

The Frys parking lot is pretty big. The outer reaches are dark and scary on cold winter nights and you sometimes have to park out there during the holiday shopping season. Why don't they put up more lights?

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Posted by Robert
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Dec 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm

What has this city turned to? San Jose?

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