Police: Man robbed in downtown Palo Alto

Suspect remains at large

Palo Alto police are looking for a man who they said robbed another man and threatened him with what appeared to be a gun on University Avenue Tuesday night.

At about 9:15 p.m., police received a call about an armed robbery that had just happened in the 100 block of University. Officers responded immediately, but the robber had already fled and could not be located.

The robber, described as a 6-foot-tall black man in his mid-20s with a thin build, had been following the man as he walked east on University, coming out of one of the pedestrian tunnels that services the transit center at 95 University Ave., police said.

When they reached the 100 block of University, the suspected robber called out to the man to get his attention. He turned around to see the man pointing what he believed to be a black handgun at him. The man demanded his wallet, so the victim took out what he thinks was $60 in cash and handed it over, according to police.

The robber, wearing a light blue jacket, then walked away east on University Avenue at a "normal pace," police said. The victim was not injured.

No suspect sketch will be forthcoming, police said.

The victim could only describe the gun as being black in color.

Police are asking that anyone with information pertaining to this incident call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.


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Posted by Carla
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 1, 2015 at 12:04 pm

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Cameras in the tunnels, City of Palo Alto?

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Posted by lights
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 1, 2015 at 2:59 pm

We need brighter lights on city sidewalks and especially the pedestrian tunnels and bridges. Why are the lights so dim? This has been a problem for years.

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Posted by Bunyip
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 1, 2015 at 7:23 pm

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Posted by Slow Down
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 1, 2015 at 9:45 pm

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Posted by Ashanti
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 2, 2015 at 12:08 am

I hope they find that creep!

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