Palo Alto police are looking for a pair of men in dark clothing who attempted to rob a man at gunpoint in the California Avenue area on Sunday night.
Officers were alerted at about 9:10 p.m. to the robbery attempt that had just occurred, according to a press release issued Monday. The victim, who is in his 30s, was heading to his parked car in the 2300 block of Birch Street between Cambridge and California avenues, and he saw two men watching him from a nearby bench.
As the man got in his car the duo approached him. One man shoved him, aimed a small black handgun at him and in Spanish told him to hand over money or be killed, according to police. The victim, who understands Spanish, responded by swinging his arm toward the pair and ran to a business he believed had surveillance cameras installed at the front.
The two men fled on foot east down New Mayfield Lane, an alley behind a city parking garage, police said. They both were described as about 35 years old and around 5 feet 10 inches tall with medium builds. They wore black ski masks, gloves and all-black clothing.
Investigators do not have surveillance images that can be released to the public as of Monday evening. Sunday night's attempted robbery doesn't appear to be related to other cases in and around Palo Alto, according to police.
Anyone with information about Sunday's incident is asked to call the 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 voice mail 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.