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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 0520201602
Subject :

Police Arrest Man for Armed Robbery After Theft of Recyclables
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Police arrested a man for armed robbery yesterday after he stole a bag of recyclables from another man, and then brandished a broken pair of scissors at the victim.

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, at about 9:43 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of a brandishing that had just occurred on Park Boulevard near Cambridge Avenue.  Officers arrived on scene, detained the suspect without incident, and recovered a broken pair of scissors with a three-inch blade from the suspect's person.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a man in his sixties, had been sitting on the east side of Peers Park at 1899 Park Boulevard.  He had a rolling cart full of personal belongings nearby.  He heard a noise, and looked up to see the suspect walking away with one of his large bags full of recyclables that had been on his cart.  The victim, who did not know the suspect, told him to stop.  The suspect pulled what appeared to be a knife out of his pocket, but kept walking southbound on Park Boulevard.  The victim followed him from a distance of about 10 feet until they got near the intersection of Cambridge Avenue, when the suspect abruptly turned around, pointed the "knife" (the broken scissors) at the suspect, and told him to stop following him.  In fear for his safety, the victim called the police.

Police booked 24-year-old Kenneth Ray Williams, a person with no permanent residence address, into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for a single count of felony robbery.  His booking photo is attached to this release.  Police returned the stolen bag of recyclables to the victim.

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