Palo Alto police are seeking a man who allegedly brandished a handgun at a woman during a road-rage incident on Thursday, Feb. 11.
The victim, a woman in her 20s, had been driving south on Alma Street in the late afternoon when she noticed that another motorist was driving fast behind her near Kingsley Avenue. As the two vehicles continued traveling south, the male driver allegedly swerved around the victim and pulled in front of her. He then abruptly applied his brakes, causing the victim to slam on her brakes to avoid rear-ending him. The victim honked at the man. She did not know what, if anything, had prompted the man to focus on her, police said in a statement.
When they reached the 3300 block of Alma between El Verano and Loma Verde avenues at about 4:04 p.m., the man came to a complete stop in the roadway, exited his car and yelled at the victim.
He allegedly took out a black handgun from his waistband and pointed it at her, police said.
The woman ducked down below her dashboard, fearing that the man might shoot her, police said. After a few seconds of not hearing the man shouting any longer, she looked up and saw that he had sped off southbound on Alma. The victim called the police to notify them of the incident about an hour later, police said.
The man is described as a white male in his 40s, about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. He had a shaved head, a stocky build and a muscular upper body. He was wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans and blue shoes. He was driving a 1970s or 1980s vintage gray Chevrolet Camaro.
The victim might be able to work with a police artist to produce a sketch of the suspect. Police said they would release a sketch as soon as it is available if one is produced.
Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to call the police department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.