Man arrested after stealing bag of recyclables, brandishing scissors


Palo Alto police arrested a man yesterday morning for armed robbery following an incident in which he allegedly stole a bag of recyclables from a victim and brandished a pair of broken scissors, according to a press release issued Friday evening by the Palo Alto Police Department.

The department received a call on Thursday, May 19, at around 9:43 a.m. regarding a brandishing that had just taken place on the Park Boulevard near Cambridge Avenue, the press release states. When officers arrived, they detained the suspect without incident and discovered on his person a broken pair of scissors with a three-inch blade.

According to the department, the investigation determined that the victim, a man in his 60s, was sitting on the east side of Peers Park, located at 1899 Park Blvd. At the time, the victim had in possession nearby a cart filled with is belongings. After hearing a noise, the man looked up to see the suspect walking away with a large bag of recyclables that had been among the victim's possessions.

The press release stated that the victim, who was not acquainted with the suspect, called out for him to stop. The suspect allegedly removed what the victim believed to be a knife out of his pocket and continued walking southbound on Park Boulevard. The victim followed at a distance of about 10 feet until they neared the Cambridge Avenue intersection, where the suspect quickly turned around and allegedly pointed the supposed knife at the victim. Fearing for his safety, the victim called the police.

Police booked Kenneth Ray Williams, 24, who has no permanent residential address, into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for one count of felony robbery, according to the police department. After the incident, police gave the stolen bag of recyclables back to the victim.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Palo Alto Police Department 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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— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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