News ReleaseThe City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Beer-Stealing Shoplifters Brandish TASER-like Weapon, Escape
Contact :Sean Downey, Officer, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – After a man entered a convenience store last night and ran out with two cases of beer, his accomplice brandished a TASER-like weapon at pursuing employees. The suspects escaped in a vehicle.  No one was injured.

On Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at about 11:39 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a report of a robbery that had occurred about twenty minutes earlier at the 7-Eleven at 708 Colorado Avenue.  The investigation revealed that one of the three on-duty employees (a man in his forties) had been outside the store on a break when he saw a sedan arrive with four people in it and park in a nearby parking lot.  Two of the passengers got out.  While one struck up a casual conversation with the employee outside, the other went inside the store.  A short time later, that suspect ran out of the business carrying two cases of beer with two other employees (a man and a woman, both in their fifties) in pursuit.  As the three employees chased the two men back to their car, the suspect who had stayed outside brandished a TASER-like weapon at them and caused the electricity in it to arc.  The employees stopped chasing them, and the suspects returned to the car.  It drove off eastbound on Colorado Avenue.  No one was hurt.

The victims described the suspect who brandished the weapon as a Hispanic male in his twenties, about 6 feet tall with a thin build.  He had short black hair, was clean-shaven, and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.  The victims described the suspect who shoplifted the beer (which had a total value of $40) as a Hispanic male in his twenties, about 5 feet 5 inches tall with a medium build.  He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, khaki shorts, and black tennis shoes.  The victims described the suspect vehicle as a black four-door sedan.  The victims could not describe the two suspects who remained in the vehicle.  A surveillance image of the suspect who stole the beer is attached.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or