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Man uses note to rob Palo Alto Jack in the Box

Original post made on Mar 15, 2012

A man robbed a Jack in the Box restaurant on the corner of El Camino Real and Cambridge Avenue using a handwritten note Wednesday night, according to Palo Alto police.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 15, 2012, 9:35 AM

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Posted by Should-Carrying-Concealed-Notes-Be-Against-The-Law?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 15, 2012 at 9:49 am

Since the Palo Alto police charged a high school student with using a stapler as a "dangerous weapon" .. will they charge this perp with using a note as a "dangerous weapon" also?

Might be interesting to see exactly what the note said .. to get the Jack people to open their cash boxes .. "Stand and Deliver" seems wildly inappropriate for this day and age ..

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Posted by Phil
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 15, 2012 at 10:48 am

Just to clarify some of the finer legal points Should-Carrying, assault with a deadly weapon, California Penal Code Sec. 245, stipulates that the perpetrator can be charged with that offense when they use any object, especially a hard, blunt object, to assault someone. The police did not charge the Gunn student with being in possession of a dangerous weapon as you've stated. That is an entirely different offense altogether. I don't know the details of this case obviously, but it's easy to see how someone could definitely injure someone by striking them with a stapler. The police would have considered the totality of the circumstances including any injuries sustained. If I recall, the victim in this case did sustain some level of injury. A charge of this type never has solely required the use of what comes to mind when thinking about a deadly weapon, such as a firearm or knife for example. Your post also seems to minimize the impact of this case by seemingly dismissing the perpetrator as just being a high school student. I think a high school is more than capable of committing serious crimes. One only needs to look at the myriad of school violence incidents that have taken place across the country, even in schools that seem the least likely for that to happen.

As for the minor who faces charges in this case, the district attorney's office and juvenile system can certainly mitigate and lower the charges depending on the totality of the circumstances as well as his personal response to these events. I hope for his sake that fair justice is applied and that he learns and prospers from this experience. The bottom line, he created this situation through his actions. He is more than likely at least primarily responsible for what took place, and I don't see the point of somehow transferring the responsibility of this to the police, suggesting that they are somehow responsible for the situation the perpetrator finds himself in. It's called accountability. Yes, if you get angry and strike someone on the head with a stapler or anything else capable of inflicting injury, then you know what, you're going to get into trouble. His decision. No one else.

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Posted by surveillance photos?
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 15, 2012 at 10:57 am

Does this store or any nearby businesses have surveillance cameras? I'd like to see a photo of the perp.

He must have made a pretty good threat in his note. Threatening violence should is a crime in addition to the robbery itself.

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Posted by member
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Apart from pollution from drive-in window, that affects people living close by, this is also why this JinB (or any located stone throw from residences) should not be there.

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Posted by M
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm

To the first poster, a stapler is definitely a dangerous time you get a chance, have a friend hit you in the face with an opened one...

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Posted by Wait A Minute
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I bet the people inside the place didn't even realize a robbery was taking place. Perhaps an inside job? I find it hard to believe that whoever was working there would not just crumble up the note and tell the person to get out.

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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm

"I find it hard to believe that whoever was working there would not just crumble up the note and tell the person to get out."

I understand that concept, but the fact is that you would be gambling with your life. Jst by passing you the note the guy revealed he has a couple of screws loose and is a few frys short of a happy meal. You want to bet your life that he does not have some method of enforcing the request in that note? Wanna bet that he is not more unbalanced than you already think he is? Remember that the total loss was $150, you want to risk your life for that, even on heavy odds? $150 is not worth risking a punch to the face. It would cost more than $150 for a doctor to apply a band-aid.

I am sure these employees were told that if a robbery took place, the first priority was their safety and the safety of the other customers. Give the guy what he wants as long as he leaves without hurting anyone. They did the right thing, and I cannot fault them.

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Posted by Wait A Minute
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Don't bet $150. Double Down.

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Posted by guns
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 18, 2012 at 9:14 am

The Jack-in-the-Box thief strikes again, this time with a semi-automatic handgun: Web Link

"suspect's description as being that of a white male, approximately in his 20s, with brown hair and blue eyes, and a goatee"

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