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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 0128201502
Subject :

Grab-and-Run Turns into Armed Robbery over Gaming Consoles
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Surveillance photos of suspectSketch of Armed Suspect
Palo Alto, CA -- Two suspects turned a shoplifting expedition into a robbery when one of them pointed a handgun at a loss prevention employee who had attempted to stop them from stealing three gaming consoles.  There were no injuries and the suspects are at large.

On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at about 3:49 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of an armed robbery that had just occurred at Fry's Electronics at 340 Portage Avenue.  Loss prevention personnel reported that the two suspects were fleeing the scene in a vehicle.  Officers responded to the area immediately but were unable to locate the suspects.

The investigation revealed that the two suspects entered the store, grabbed three gaming consoles (with a total value of approximately $1200) off the shelf, and then ran for the exit.  The first suspect made it outside with two of the consoles.  The victim, a loss prevention employee in his forties, tried to block the exit of the second suspect.  The second suspect reached into his waistband, removed a silver revolver, and pointed it at the victim.  The victim backed away, and the suspect ran outside with the third gaming console.  The suspects fled in a dark four-door sedan, and drove away heading westbound on Portage Avenue towards El Camino Real.

The victim described both suspects as Hispanic males between 25 and 30 years of age, about 5 feet 8 inches tall.  They both had short-cropped black hair and were wearing jeans.  The suspect with the gun was wearing a dark t-shirt, and the other had a white t-shirt.  A surveillance photo of the two men entering the store together is attached to this release.  The sketch of the armed suspect was released on January 29, 2015, at about 7:15 p.m.

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