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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Man Brandishes Handgun During Road Rage Incident, Remains at Large
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – An incident of road rage culminated with the suspect brandishing a handgun at the other driver before driving away.  The suspect is at large.

On Thursday, February 11, 2016, at about 5:04 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of a brandishing that had occurred in the 3300 block of Alma Street an hour earlier.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a woman in her twenties, had been driving southbound on Alma Street.  Around Kingsley Avenue, she first observed the suspect driving fast behind her.  As the two vehicles continued traveling southbound, the suspect then swerved around the victim and pulled in front of her.  The suspect then abruptly applied his brakes, causing the victim to apply hers to avoid rear-ending him.  The victim honked at the suspect.  It is not known what, if anything, initially prompted the suspect to focus on the victim.

When they reached the 3300 block of Alma Street, the suspect came to a complete stop in the roadway, got out of his car, and began yelling at the victim.  He then produced a black handgun from his waistband and pointed it at her.  She ducked down below her dashboard, fearing that he may actually shoot her.  After a few seconds of not hearing the suspect shouting any longer, the victim looked up and saw that he had sped off southbound on Alma Street.  The victim later called the police to notify them of the incident.

The victim described the suspect as a white male in his forties, about six feet tall and two hundred pounds.  He had a shaved head, a stocky build, and a muscular upper body.  He was wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans, and blue shoes.  He was driving an old (1970s or 1980s vintage) gray Chevrolet Camaro.  It is possible the victim may be able to work with a police artist to produce a sketch of the suspect; if that occurs, we release the sketch as soon as it is available.

Anyone who witnessed 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