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Armed robber takes man's wallet, cellphone

Pedestrian held up at gunpoint near Paly parking lot

Police are searching for an armed robber who took a man's wallet and cellphone near Palo Alto High School early Sunday morning, police said Wednesday.

The man, who's in his 50s, was walking north on a sidewalk in the 900 block of El Camino Real near the Palo Alto High School parking lot at about 1 a.m. when someone approached him and asked for directions, police said in a press release.

As the man prepared to respond back, the person took out a black handgun from his jacket and pushed him off of the sidewalk to obstruct the view of any passersby, police said.

The armed robber demanded the man's wallet and cellphone, which he handed over, police said. The suspect was last seen running to the high school parking lot, where he entered a red, late 1980s-model Jeep Cherokee and drove east on Embarcadero Road.

The pedestrian said he wasn't physically injured during the robbery. He reported the crime to officers at the Palo Alto police station around 12:50 p.m. Monday.

The robber is described as a white or Hispanic man in his late 20s and about 5 feet, 2 inches tall with a heavy build, police said. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt over a red T-shirt and khaki pants.

Investigators may release a sketch of the robber depending on whether the victim will work with a police artist, police said. They don't believe Sunday's robbery is connected with another that took place on Aug. 21 when two bicyclists took a man's money while he was walking along University Avenue in the Crescent Park neighborhood around 5 a.m.

Anyone with information about either robbery is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.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.

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15 people like this
Posted by DTN Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 12, 2018 at 12:46 pm

DTN Paul is a registered user.

I wonder, why would you wait for 12 hours to report a crime like this?


15 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 12, 2018 at 1:25 pm

Sounds like he waited 36 hours to report the crime, which really reduces the chance of catching the criminals. Hopefully future crime victimes reading this crime report will be encouraged to call the police more promptly.


13 people like this
Posted by Xiang
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Sep 12, 2018 at 1:48 pm

Not safe to walk around late at night in Palo Alto.

People come from other towns to rob people.

We bought dog for protection.


5 people like this
Posted by Law-Abiding-Citizen
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 12, 2018 at 4:11 pm

The police have been great at finding and catching people thus far however we have to find a way to end these armed robberies in Palo Alto. It seems like these crimes are becoming more frequent. What kind of criminal robs someone in one of the most densely populated places in the city, and parks their car for the getaway?


24 people like this
Posted by spare the rod
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Sep 12, 2018 at 4:17 pm

"What kind of criminal robs someone in one of the most densely populated places in the city, and parks their car for the getaway?"

The kind we let out of jail too early after his previous offense.


7 people like this
Posted by Eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 12, 2018 at 5:25 pm

This sounds kind of fishy. Why would anyone wait 12 hours to report an ARMED robbery? We’re there any witnesses? Not really buying it....


17 people like this
Posted by R. Davis
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 12, 2018 at 5:28 pm

QUOTE: We bought dog for protection.

Hopefully something along the lines of an Akita or Rottweiler. A Yorkie or Chihuahua probably won't do you much good.


20 people like this
Posted by @R.Davis
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 13, 2018 at 6:49 am

Small dogs are fantastic "watch" dogs. Our tiny crime buster alerted us at 3am one morning. I saw nothing at the time but when we reviewed our security footage we saw two guys walk up our driveway towards our car, then spun around and bolted when they herd the barking.
Our malinois barely reacted and went back to sleep. Sometimes the best protection is detection.


14 people like this
Posted by R.Davis
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 13, 2018 at 7:31 am

R.Davis is a registered user.

QUOTE: Small dogs are fantastic "watch" dogs.

I totally agree as the smaller dogs tend to be very alert of their home surroundings.

My comment was in regards to walking the 'mean streets of PA' late at night.

The perceived (real or imagined) intimidation factor of a larger dog might serve as a deterrent to a potential crime.


5 people like this
Posted by Anneke
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 13, 2018 at 9:18 am

Too many guns.....too many crimes.


8 people like this
Posted by Mr. Miyagi
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 13, 2018 at 2:26 pm

No dog necessary for protection. Learn karate instead. *accent on 'te'*




2 people like this
Posted by taytay
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 13, 2018 at 5:37 pm

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2 people like this
Posted by heckler and koch
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 13, 2018 at 7:31 pm

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