Two arrested in armed robbery of Mountain View liquor store

Palo Alto police assisted in high-speed chase that ended in Menlo Park

Police arrested two juveniles Sunday night following the armed robbery of a Mountain View liquor store that led to a high speed chase ending in Menlo Park. Police are seeking a third suspect who escaped.

Around 10:45 p.m. on Sunday night, Feb. 28, police received a report of a robbery at the Liquor and Food Mart at 2339 California St. in Mountain View. The suspects reportedly brandished a black, semi-automatic handgun at the employee and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the store, Mountain View police said.

The suspects were seen driving away in a white SUV, which was later spotted by a police officer on northbound U.S. Highway 101. Palo Alto Police Department officers attempted to pull over the SUV on the highway near Willow Road, but were unsuccessful, police said.

The suspects pulled off the highway and drove through Menlo Park. One of the passengers jumped out of the vehicle into the San Francisquito Creek area near Alma Street and Willow Road. The other two suspects in the vehicle drove to the 100 block of San Mateo Drive, where they bailed out of the vehicle and tried to run away, police said.

Police arrested the two suspects on robbery charges. Because both are juveniles, police are not releasing any additional information about the suspects' identities.

The third suspect, who fled the vehicle near Alma and Willow, is still on the loose. An extensive search by seven police agencies that included K9 units was unsuccessful, police said. The suspect is described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic male, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and black and white tennis shoes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Mountain View Det. Alex Beraha at 650-903-6344.


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