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


Subject :

Armed Robbery Occurs Overnight at Colorado Avenue 7-Eleven Store
Contact : Marco Estrada, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – A handgun-wielding suspect robbed the 7-Eleven convenience store in the Midtown neighborhood overnight.  No one was injured and the suspect is at large.

On Friday, June 17, 2016, at about 2:11 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from the clerk of the 7-Eleven convenience store at 708 Colorado Avenue reporting the store had just robbed at gunpoint.  Officers arrived on scene shortly thereafter, but were not able to locate the suspect.

The investigation revealed that the suspect entered the store, pointed a handgun at the clerk, and forced him to open the cash register.  The victim clerk, a male in his fifties, complied with the suspect's demands.  The suspect removed cash from the register, and then ran out of the store headed eastbound on Colorado Avenue.  No one else was in the store at the time of the robbery.

The victim described the suspect as an unknown race male, about six feet two inches tall with a medium build.  He was wearing a bright blue sweatshirt with a large black Nike emblem on the front, and the hood was tied down such that his face was not easily seen.  He had on blue jeans and white high-top shoes.  The victim said he was armed with a dark-colored compact semiautomatic handgun.  A surveillance photo of the suspect is attached.

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