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Man working in his yard faces armed would-be robber

Police seek information about attempt to take resident's wallet, cellphone in daylight

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.

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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.

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Man working in his yard faces armed would-be robber

Police seek information about attempt to take resident's wallet, cellphone in daylight

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Jan 21, 2021, 4:51 pm

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.

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Resident
Registered user
Crescent Park
on Jan 21, 2021 at 6:03 pm
Resident, Crescent Park
Registered user
on Jan 21, 2021 at 6:03 pm

Shame on PA City Council for reducing/maintaining a reduction in PA police of 20% under circumstances such as this!

To this brave resident: Bravo Zulu!


Helen Does
Registered user
Palo Alto Orchards
on Jan 21, 2021 at 10:01 pm
Helen Does, Palo Alto Orchards
Registered user
on Jan 21, 2021 at 10:01 pm
AlexDeLarge
Registered user
Midtown
on Jan 21, 2021 at 11:10 pm
AlexDeLarge, Midtown
Registered user
on Jan 21, 2021 at 11:10 pm

Security cameras are ubiquitous it should be a piece of cake to identify these rocket surgeons.


Jennifer
Registered user
another community
on Jan 22, 2021 at 9:07 am
Jennifer, another community
Registered user
on Jan 22, 2021 at 9:07 am

Refusing to comply with an armed robber can be deadly. I'm glad he wasn't hurt.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
Registered user
Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 22, 2021 at 9:40 am
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on Jan 22, 2021 at 9:40 am

The description of the person sounds like another incidence that took place at the shopping center. Same person(s)?


Police Are Busy At Foothill Park
Registered user
Midtown
on Jan 22, 2021 at 10:55 am
Police Are Busy At Foothill Park, Midtown
Registered user
on Jan 22, 2021 at 10:55 am

Glad the gentleman who was robbed is Ok. Terrifying experience I'm sure.

The robbers know that police are busy directing traffic and chaos at the newly opened Foothill Park, thanks to the inane decision by our City Council.


Anonymous
Registered user
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 22, 2021 at 10:09 pm
Anonymous, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Jan 22, 2021 at 10:09 pm

Public safety is the #1 responsibility of the City of Palo Alto.


The Voice of Palo Alto
Registered user
Crescent Park
on Jan 22, 2021 at 10:34 pm
The Voice of Palo Alto, Crescent Park
Registered user
on Jan 22, 2021 at 10:34 pm

That was unbelievably brazen of them to try to pull this robbery attempt in broad daylight. These two need to stay out of my beloved Crescent Park. I can’t wait until the authorities catch these two ruffians. I can’t believe the guy that was robbed was crazy enough not to just hand over his wallet and cell phone! He called their bluff and got very lucky. I’m glad he wasn’t hurt. These two would be thieves are going to go to jail and got absolutely nothing out of this robbery attempt. They have a lot of information about these two already so please do a follow up on this story once they are caught! I can’t wait until the authorities slap the cuffs on them and hopefully they receive a VERY harsh sentence. Please teach them a lesson and make an example out of them as a deterrent for anyone else considering these type of law breaking shenanigans.


Resident
Registered user
Crescent Park
on Jan 22, 2021 at 11:34 pm
Resident, Crescent Park
Registered user
on Jan 22, 2021 at 11:34 pm

@Voice of Palo Alto:

Believe it. Also, believe this, from several months ago: One of our Crescent Park neighbors was stabbed in/around the neck while walking his dog, and nearly died of his wounds. Daylight hours. The attacker elicited our neighbor's help to repair a bicycle; patiently waited as our neighbor put his dog in his house and returned with a bike tool; then he put our neighbor, in his 80s, to the knife.

Believe too, a semi-auto pistol, of type favored by close-up assassins, left in a gutter by a fleeing thief; and 3 separate assaults on Crescent Park house throughout Christmas Day, culminating in a break-in.

What's unbelievable is, under these circumstances, the number of patrol officers on duty during a shift. I listened to the dispatch radio for many hours over weeks. I heard an alarmingly small number of voices communicating with the dispatcher.


David (brown man) PA Hills
Registered user
Palo Alto Hills
on Jan 23, 2021 at 1:32 am
David (brown man) PA Hills, Palo Alto Hills
Registered user
on Jan 23, 2021 at 1:32 am

. . . and we want to defund the police department. Even if caught, these guys will never be prosecuted and be back on our streets thanks to our no-bail system. [Portion removed.]


Resident
Registered user
Crescent Park
on Jan 24, 2021 at 8:56 am
Resident, Crescent Park
Registered user
on Jan 24, 2021 at 8:56 am

@Anonymous: "Public safety is the #1 responsibility of the City of Palo Alto."

Palo Alto is "Safer than 13% of U.S. Cities". (source; Web Link)

Shame on PA City Council for reducing/maintaining a reduction in PA police of 20% under circumstances such as this.


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