Palo Alto police are looking for a man who, armed with a gun, allegedly stole a woman's cellphone downtown late Friday night.
The woman, who is in her 20s, told police that she was sitting in her parked car with the engine running while looking at her cellphone at about 10:58 p.m. in the 400 block of Cowper Street. A man walked up to the driver's side window, pointed the gun at her and demanded that she give him money, police said in a press release. She gave him her phone instead, and he reportedly ran away south on Cowper Street toward University Avenue.
The woman then flagged down a passing police officer to report the robbery.
She described the suspect as a black or Hispanic man of an unknown age with an average build, wearing a red zippered sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head, according to police. He did not speak with an accent. The woman described the gun as being a silver handgun.
Since she was not able to get a clear look at the man's face, police said they will not be producing a suspect sketch.
There have been no other similar robberies in Palo Alto recently, police said.
Anyone with information about 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 via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the department's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.