|News Release||The City of Palo Alto|
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||PRESS RELEASE #04012012|
|Subject :||Two Juveniles Robbed on Saturday Afternoon|
|Contact :||Lieutenant Zach Perron, Police Department 650-329-2413|
|April 1, 2012 at 12:50 p.m.|
Palo Alto, CA -- Three juveniles robbed two others of property on Saturday afternoon.
On Saturday, March 31, 2012, at about 3:45 p.m., two 13-year-old boys were walking in the 1500 block of Edgewood Drive, near the intersection with Newell Road. They were approached from behind by two older juveniles on bicycles and one older juvenile on a Razor-style scooter. One suspect rode his bicycle up to the boys and asked for the time. One of the victims pulled out an electronic music player to check the time, and answered the suspect. The suspect then rode back to the other two briefly before returning to the boys and demanding, "Give us your stuff!" When the suspect said this, he had his hand in his sweatshirt pocket. Both boys heard a sound they described as “a can of soda opening,” which they thought might be the sound of a gun cocking, but they did not see a weapon.
One of the victims handed over his electronic music player, and the other handed over his cell phone. The three suspects then fled, and were last seen heading over the Newell Street bridge into East Palo Alto. The victims went to a neighbor's house for help, and called the police about 15 minutes after the robbery. Officers checked the area for the suspects, but were unable to locate them.
The victims described the suspects as Hispanic males between 15 and 16 years of age, and all wore black hooded sweatshirts and blue jeans. The primary suspect was thin, and had long, straight hair. He rode a black and orange BMX-style bicycle. One of the other suspects had a black BMX-style bicycle. No further description is available.
Police suggest that people remain aware of their surroundings when on the street, and report suspicious behavior immediately to 9-1-1. We ask that anyone having information about this robbery contact our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message to 650-383-8984.