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Man held at knifepoint loses cash, property in RV robbery

Group of 5 also took clothes, cellphones and a generator

Five people who were armed with knives robbed a man in his recreational vehicle in Palo Alto during the wee hours of Nov. 11, police said Wednesday.

Palo Alto police are investigating a robbery in which a man was held at knifepoint inside his recreational vehicle, which was parked in the 3800 block of Fabian Way on Nov. 11, 2021. Embarcadero Media file photo.

Just before 1 a.m., an officer was on routine patrol in the 3800 block of Fabian Way near U.S. Highway 101 where he was flagged down by the man, who reported he had been robbed roughly 10 minutes earlier, police said in a press release.

The man, who's in his 20s, told police that he heard a knock at his door while he was lying down in his RV parked on Fabian Way. When he opened the door, he found four men and a woman outside, police said.

One of the men quickly entered the RV, pushed the man down and held a knife to his throat. Another man also went inside the vehicle. The two robbers took cash, clothes, both of the man's cellphones and a generator, according to police.

The group of five left the area in a dark-colored SUV, which was seen heading east on Fabian Way without its headlights on, police said.

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When the man determined the group was gone, he entered his car with the intention of reporting robbery at the police station, then saw the patrol officer and reported the incident.

The man wasn't injured. He told police that the group of five people all wore black clothing and face masks, and each had folding knives with 3-inch blades. The two men who entered the RV were described as Hispanic men, according to police. No further details were provided on the group's physical description or their vehicle.

As of Wednesday, police haven't located witnesses or video surveillance footage of the robbery.

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 held at knifepoint loses cash, property in RV robbery

Group of 5 also took clothes, cellphones and a generator

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Nov 17, 2021, 6:14 pm

Five people who were armed with knives robbed a man in his recreational vehicle in Palo Alto during the wee hours of Nov. 11, police said Wednesday.

Just before 1 a.m., an officer was on routine patrol in the 3800 block of Fabian Way near U.S. Highway 101 where he was flagged down by the man, who reported he had been robbed roughly 10 minutes earlier, police said in a press release.

The man, who's in his 20s, told police that he heard a knock at his door while he was lying down in his RV parked on Fabian Way. When he opened the door, he found four men and a woman outside, police said.

One of the men quickly entered the RV, pushed the man down and held a knife to his throat. Another man also went inside the vehicle. The two robbers took cash, clothes, both of the man's cellphones and a generator, according to police.

The group of five left the area in a dark-colored SUV, which was seen heading east on Fabian Way without its headlights on, police said.

When the man determined the group was gone, he entered his car with the intention of reporting robbery at the police station, then saw the patrol officer and reported the incident.

The man wasn't injured. He told police that the group of five people all wore black clothing and face masks, and each had folding knives with 3-inch blades. The two men who entered the RV were described as Hispanic men, according to police. No further details were provided on the group's physical description or their vehicle.

As of Wednesday, police haven't located witnesses or video surveillance footage of the robbery.

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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Lana Berkowitz
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Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 18, 2021 at 7:31 am
Lana Berkowitz, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on Nov 18, 2021 at 7:31 am

Was the location where this crime was committed a site where other RVs are parked?

Though some Palo Alto residents are anti-RV, being parked among other transient RV dwellers would seemingly ensure additional safety in numbers.

A crime of this nature would probably not have occurred along ECR because of heightened visibility + other RV residents might have noticed and reported the crime being perpetrated.

The RV community needs to be united and grouped together, kind of like covered wagons in a circle to provide some degree of safety for the inhabitants.

If transient RVs are going to be relegated to the outskirts of Palo Alto, additional police patrols will be needed.

In the meantime, the RVs should be allowed to park wherever there is adequate space providing they are not situated in a No Parking zone.

And if the RVs are capable of being mobile, why not allow them to park anywhere (i.e. shopping center parking lots) after store hours providing the RVs resituate in the morning prior to store openings?

The RV issue is not a complicated one.



Online Name
Registered user
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 18, 2021 at 9:40 am
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
Registered user
on Nov 18, 2021 at 9:40 am

I love these PAPD "alerts" asking for leads about crimes that happened a week earlier., especially since they send each one out 4 times!

If they can't get these "alerts" out earlier, why bother at all?


peppered
Registered user
Community Center
on Nov 18, 2021 at 10:26 am
peppered, Community Center
Registered user
on Nov 18, 2021 at 10:26 am

@Online Name: Couldn't agree more!
The alerts asking for more info should go out the same day, if not the same hour.


Lisapk
Registered user
Crescent Park
on Nov 18, 2021 at 5:22 pm
Lisapk, Crescent Park
Registered user
on Nov 18, 2021 at 5:22 pm

Is there a fund to help this victim? Would like to donate something if there is. Thanks.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
Registered user
Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 19, 2021 at 5:15 pm
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on Nov 19, 2021 at 5:15 pm

WOW - That is close to home. Many RV's park on Fabian Way which I thought was a good place to be. Guess not. What is worse is that Fabian Way is one of the streets bordering the JCC/Oshman Center as well as a high school. So we have allowed RV's to park in a location close to a high school and retirement home which is now an invitation to gangs. And the bike bridge is going to open at the end of the street where people will be on bikes - children, adults. Time to re-think what we are doing here. Note than in Redwood City the RV park is across the street from the sheriff's station. Maybe not pretty but SAFE. East side of 101. Removed from hustle of commerce.
Everyone has an expectation of being safe. We need a sheriff's office at Cubberley which is close to provide support. Or a police substation in some of the empty buildings on Fabian. An obvious need that has to be filled.


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