Police are looking for a man suspected of robbing a man at gunpoint in downtown Palo Alto on Saturday night — the first armed street robbery of the year.
A man in his 20s called police around 11 p.m. to report he had just been robbed in the 500 block of Homer Avenue, police said in a press release Sunday.
The man was walking east on the north sidewalk of the 500 block of Homer Avenue at about 10:50 p.m. when a man approached him from behind and demanded his wallet, police said. The man attempted to run away, heading east on Homer Avenue, but the alleged suspect caught up to him and pushed him to the ground.
The alleged suspect stood over the man, placed a handgun to his forehead and demanded his property, police said. The man gave his wallet and cellphone; the alleged suspect then ran away west on Homer Avenue.
The man, who sustained minor abrasions as a result of being pushed to the ground, went to friend's house and called police.
He described the alleged suspect as a black or Hispanic man in his 20s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a thin build, police said. He was wearing a white and red bandanna over his face, a white and red baseball hat, a dark-colored jacket, and loose-fitting blue jeans. The man described the weapon as a dark-colored handgun.
Police said a sketch of the suspect is not likely to be produced, since the alleged robber's face was covered.
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 email@example.com or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police department's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.