Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery that targeted a man working outside of his home in Palo Alto on Wednesday afternoon.
Police received a report at about 2:20 p.m. of a man in his 20s who was approached by a person with a handgun. The man was working outside of his home in the 1100 block of Webster Street about 30 minutes earlier when he was approached by a man who pointed a handgun at him. The would-be robber demanded the man's wallet and cellphone, police said in a press release on Thursday afternoon.
The man refused to hand over his belongings and the would-be robber ran to a waiting car driven by another person. The duo fled south on Webster Street, police said.
The man described the armed person as a Hispanic man of unknown age and about 5 feet, 7 inches tall. He was wearing a black jacket, black pants and a black face covering. The vehicle was a red four-door Toyota truck. A witness reported the truck was driven by a Hispanic man who wore glasses.
Police don't know yet if the man will be able to work with a department artist to produce a sketch of the armed man, they said.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] 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.