Bicyclist with gun robs couple near Friendship Bridge in Palo Alto

Thief at large after stealing cell phone, wallet Tuesday night

A man riding a bicycle and brandishing a handgun robbed a couple near the Friendship Bridge before riding away Tuesday evening, Palo Alto police said Wednesday in a press release.

The victims, a man and woman in their 40s, were walking west along the San Francisquito Creek Trail, near the bridge, at about 8:45 p.m. when the bicyclist approached them from behind, police said.

The man brandished a semiautomatic handgun and asked them to hand over their valuables, police said. After taking a wallet and cell phone from the couple, the man fled west on the trail, which leads to the Baylands and runs past the bridge connecting Palo Alto and East Palo Alto.

The couple then went home and called the East Palo Alto police to report the robbery. Officers determined that the incident actually happened in Palo Alto and reported it to the Palo Alto Police Department. After learning about the incident at about 10 p.m., Palo Alto police officers searched the area but did not find the robber, police said.

The victims described the man as a black man in his early 30s and wearing a red baseball cap, a dark sweatshirt and dark-colored denim pants, police said. He is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. According to Palo Alto police, no similar robberies have occurred in this area.

Police are asking that anyone with information about this incident call the police 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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12 people like this
Posted by April
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 19, 2015 at 8:31 pm

What is going on in Palo Alto! Expensive place to live, but you can't go for a walk without being robbed.

5 people like this
Posted by Slow Down
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 19, 2015 at 9:12 pm

Slow Down is a registered user.

@april - we have this robbery, the sexual battery downtown, the bike thief caught on the roof, the druggy prowling in yards off Melville, the Buena Vista stabbing. Busy few days in Palo Alto.

8 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 19, 2015 at 9:25 pm

@ April

"What is going on in Palo Alto! Expensive place to live, but you can't go for a walk without being robbed."

When people are still paying $10 an hour, and rents are jumping from $1,600 to $2,800, you can expect incidents like this happening more often.

11 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 19, 2015 at 9:57 pm

Turning a small town into a big "vibrant" city has changed Palo Alto for the worse.

33 people like this
Posted by Slow Down
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 19, 2015 at 11:39 pm

Slow Down is a registered user.

@Resident of EPA - Oh yeah, I'm sure he needed the money to buy bread to feed has family. Nothing to do with drugs or addiction. BTW, it is a real insult to the hard working lower income people for you to insinuate that they would stoop to robbery over rent. The difference between someone who would rob at gunpoint isn't whether the minimum wage is $5 or $10 or $15, it is whether a person has any sense of decency or morality.

11 people like this
Posted by trump was right
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 20, 2015 at 6:59 am

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