The City of Palo Alto
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 01232014
Home-Invasion Armed Robbery Occurs; No Injuries to Elderly Victims
Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police Department 650-329-2413
Alto, CA -- Three suspects, one of whom was
armed with a handgun, forced their way into the home of an elderly couple after
knocking on their door this morning. The
suspects stole property from the victims and fled in a vehicle. Neither victim was injured.|
Thursday, January 23, 2014, at about 10:42 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center
received a 9-1-1 call from a resident in the 400 block of Palo Alto Avenue
reporting that an armed home-invasion robbery had just occurred, and that the
suspects had fled the scene in a vehicle.
Officers responded to the area immediately, but were unable to find any
investigation revealed that the victims, both of whom are in their eighties,
were at home alone when there was a knock at their door.
The female resident opened the door and was immediately confronted by
three suspects she did not recognize.
One of them was armed with a handgun.
The suspects forced their way into the home, and made the two victims
lay face-down on the floor. The suspects
took wallets, cash, miscellaneous personal property, and an unloaded handgun
from the residence. The victims last saw
the vehicle headed eastbound on Palo Alto Avenue. Neither victim was injured.
victims described the suspects as black male adults in their twenties. All of the suspects were wearing dark hooded
sweatshirts, with the hoods over their heads.
The primary suspect was armed with a small black handgun. That suspect is depicted in the attached police sketch, which was produced and released on Friday, January 24.
The victims described the primary suspect as 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, and unshaven. They described the other two suspects as both being about 5 feet 9 inches tall, and 160 pounds. The victims described the suspect vehicle as a newer, large "boxy-looking"
beige or white four-door sedan.
Detectives are actively working on the
investigation. There have been no
similar crimes recently in Palo Alto. Anyone
who may have information about this case is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch
center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips
can be e-mailed to email@example.com or sent via text message or voice mail to