Two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, attempted to rob three women in downtown Palo Alto on the 700 block of Emerson Street last night at about 10 p.m.
The three women were walking together on the street when the men stepped out of the alcove of a business downtown, pointed a small black handgun at them, and demanded the women hand over their property. The women scattered, each running in separate directions to nearby businesses to call police. The robbers did not pursue them, police said.
Police arriving on the scene were unable to locate the men, who were last seen running southbound on Emerson Street toward Homer Avenue.
The victims described the first suspect as a Hispanic male in his 20s, between 5 feet 3 inches and 5 feet 6 inches tall with a medium build, wearing dark clothing with a cloth covering his face. The second man was only described as a tall man with a blue bandana covering his face.
Police are beefing up patrols in the downtown area and detectives are investigating the event and the possibility that it might be related to a strong-arm robbery that occurred on Hamilton Avenue on May 13.