News

Duo attempt to rob man at gunpoint in California Avenue area

Armed suspect demands money, threatens to kill victim

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 paloalto@tipnow.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.

---

Follow the Palo Alto Weekly/Palo Alto Online on Twitter @PaloAltoWeekly and Facebook for breaking news, local events, photos, videos and more.

What is democracy worth to you?
Support local journalism.

Comments

28 people like this
Posted by Ergh
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 7, 2019 at 8:00 pm

What could explain the uptick in crime as of recent? :-/
Given how rag tag gangs of no good thugs have been bothering us, the thought of learning self-defense has been ever appealing.
Stay safe out there, neighbors. Bring a flashlight, pepper spray, tazer, cane, anything that can be wielded to defend yourself.


17 people like this
Posted by Anon
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jan 7, 2019 at 8:05 pm

I wonder if the three incidents in south gate, evergreen park and mayfield are related?
They are basically in close proximity after all.


11 people like this
Posted by VK Bart..
a resident of Community Center
on Jan 7, 2019 at 8:12 pm

They're really just good guys with guns - who just ran a little short. And, ya know, when ya got a gun, the hormones run a little wild, testosterone and all that.

And since the gun nuts on the other thread decided since no one was badly hurt, it's all good.

Seriously, bust these guys. And *everyone* who misuses a gun.

And restrict the number of guns!!!


18 people like this
Posted by Be careful Who You Mess With
a resident of another community
on Jan 7, 2019 at 8:42 pm

It's kind of difficult to ID assailants wearing ski masks.

The Spanish accent is sort of a dead giveaway.

Fortunately no on was hurt although the robbers got away.

Too many recent PA incidents of this nature.

Wouldn't want to see Palo Alto become an 'open carry' city. It probably wouldn't happen but could serve as a deterrent to crime.

If someone pulls a gun on you, you have the right to defend yourself.


41 people like this
Posted by Sanctimonious City
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 8, 2019 at 10:12 am

Sanctimonious City is a registered user.

The liberal progressive policies promoting open borders, reduced prosecutions for repeat criminals, out of wedlock births and promiscuous drug use are causing the fabric of society to unravel like a cheap hemp-threaded sweater.

Anybody older than 40 knows Palo Alto did not use to be like this. Buy a firearm, take some training and become a responsible gun owner.


17 people like this
Posted by True Safety is not listening to factless RW memes
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jan 8, 2019 at 10:48 am

>> Buy a firearm, take some training and become a responsible gun owner.

Sure, and risk the ones you love. From another thread...


"A gun in the home is more likely to be used in a homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting than to be used in self-defense.

Every time a gun injures or kills in self-defense, it is used:
11 times for completed and attempted suicides
7 times in criminal assaults and homicides
4 times in unintentional shooting deaths or injuries"

Web Link

The math is simple - keep a gun at home, increase the risks and danger to loved ones.


19 people like this
Posted by True Safety is not listening to factless RW memes
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jan 8, 2019 at 10:52 am

As far as your ridiculous far-right fringe memes about America's natural progressive policies, look at the red-states for all the things you mentioned.

>> The liberal progressive policies promoting ... out of wedlock births


Location % Born To Unmarried Mothers
Mississippi 53.2
Louisiana 52.0
New Mexico 51.1
Nevada 47.8
Florida 46.9
Delaware 45.8
South Carolina 45.3
Arizona 45.0
West Virginia 45.0
Georgia 44.9

Whole lotta Red/GOP states lead the way.

Now, progressive policies (and true, *real* conservative policies, [portion removed) would help those women get health services to prevent unplanned pregnancies - with contraceptive and other essential health services.

[Portion removed.]


11 people like this
Posted by True Safety is not listening to factless RW memes
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jan 8, 2019 at 10:55 am

Sorry - facts courtesy of the CDC (which Trump naturally wants to defund after it reopens from his Trump Shutdown.)

Web Link


9 people like this
Posted by Sanctimonious City
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 8, 2019 at 11:59 am

Sanctimonious City is a registered user.

[Post removed.]


2 people like this
Posted by Novelera
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 8, 2019 at 12:15 pm

Novelera is a registered user.

Fascinating that the robbers addressed the victim in Spanish. How would they ever guess their threats would be understood? Perhaps the victim was Latino and they assumed he'd understand. If a straight-up white man, then telling that person he'd be killed if he didn't hand over his wallet in Spanish might be fruitless.


5 people like this
Posted by The Patriot
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 9, 2019 at 10:16 am

The Patriot is a registered user.

"Fascinating that the robbers addressed the victim in Spanish. How would they ever guess their threats would be understood?"

**Perhaps the assailants did not speak English or felt they could not communicate their threats effectively in an unfamiliar language.

"Buy a firearm, take some training and become a responsible gun owner."

**This is one's 2nd Amendment right...the key is to shoot responsibly and only as a last resort as self-protection. The assailant(s) be damned.

"If someone pulls a gun on you, you have the right to defend yourself."

**Yes. Even if it means firing back...but don't hit an innocent bystander in the process.

"Given how rag tag gangs of no good thugs have been bothering us, the thought of learning self-defense has been ever appealing."

**These lawless individuals must either be stopped, incarcerated or if applicable...deported as per US Homeland Security guidelines. No exceptions or excuses.

"Too many recent PA incidents of this nature."

**An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure...and the choice of protection is up to the individual


6 people like this
Posted by john_alderman
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 10, 2019 at 9:56 pm

john_alderman is a registered user.

This is how I'd sum up Palo Alto these days: All of the problems of a big city, none of the benefits.


4 people like this
Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 11, 2019 at 5:57 am

mauricio is a registered user.

This incident and similar ones that are becoming more common and frequent, are the sole benefit of Liz Kniss's 'vibrancy and vitality' in a nutshell.


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Don't be the last to know

Get the latest headlines sent straight to your inbox every day.

Palo Alto, rejoice. Mike's Cafe is back.
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 2,149 views

Premarital and Couples: Musings on Life
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,545 views

Why we are Warming
By Sherry Listgarten | 27 comments | 1,404 views

Cap On? Cap Off? The Cities Respond
By Laura Stec | 4 comments | 1,202 views

The summer bucket list
By Cheryl Bac | 2 comments | 880 views