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


Subject :

Armed Robbery of Pedestrian Occurs Last Night Downtown; No Injuries
Contact : Sean Downey, Officer, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- A suspect accosted a pedestrian last night on University Avenue and robbed him of cash at gunpoint. The victim was not injured and the suspect is at large.

On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at about 9:14 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call reporting an armed robbery that had just occurred in the 100 block of University Avenue.  Officers responded immediately, but the suspect had fled and could not be located.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a man in his twenties, had been walking eastbound on University Avenue after coming out of one of the pedestrian tunnels that services the transit center at 95 University Avenue.  He first noticed the suspect following him while in that tunnel.  When they reached the 100 block of University Avenue, the suspect called out to the victim to get his attention.  The victim turned around to see the suspect pointing what he believed to be a black handgun at him.  The suspect demanded the victim's wallet.  The victim removed the cash from his wallet and handed the cash to the suspect.  The suspect took the money and was last seen walking away eastbound on University Avenue at a normal pace.  The victim was not injured.

The victim described the suspect as a black male in his mid-twenties, about six feet tall and with a thin build.  He was wearing a light blue jacket.  No suspect sketch will be forthcoming.  The victim could only describe the gun as being black in color.

Detectives are actively investigating this case.  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