Two men riding bicycles allegedly robbed a 40-year-old man at gunpoint in the Crescent Park neighborhood early Tuesday morning, Palo Alto police said Thursday.
Officers responded to a call at 5:03 a.m. on Tuesday of a robbery in the 1600 block of University Avenue. The 40-year-old man was walking east where the two men approached him from behind, according to a police press release. One of the bicyclists allegedly drew what appeared to be a handgun from his waistband and demanded money.
The pedestrian responded by throwing the money in his pocket onto the ground. He told police that the men might have been alarmed by a passing car, as both robbers fled heading east, police said.
The 40-year-old man was not injured. He did not have a cellphone with him and walked to a home in the 500 block of Crescent Avenue, where he knocked on the front door and asked the occupant to call police.
Police said it is possible the man targeted in the robbery might be able to work with a sketch artist, but no images of the men are available at this time.
The armed thief is described as a 6-foot, 1-inch tall black man who is about 20 years old and weighing around 190 pounds. He has a gap in between his two front teeth and wore a dark green beanie and a black hooded sweatshirt.
The second man was described as in his mid-20s, light-skinned, possibly Hispanic and around 5 feet 8 inches tall with a stocky build. He had a black goatee and dark shoulder-length, straight hair. He wore a black sweatshirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Palo Alto 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 voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.