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


Subject :

Attempted Street Robbery Occurs in Neighborhood
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
 Palo Alto, CA – Police are searching for a man who tried to rob two dog-walking pedestrians last night by saying he had a gun, though none was seen.

On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at about 9:30 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a report of an attempted robbery that had just occurred in the 1500 block of Dana Avenue.  Officers responded to the area immediately, but could not locate the suspect.

The investigation revealed that the two victims (both men in their twenties) had been walking their dogs together westbound on Dana Avenue towards Newell Road.  They noticed the suspect riding on a skateboard in the area, and noted that he appeared to be lingering around them.  As they reached the intersection of Dana Avenue and Newell Road, the suspect rode up to them and asked them for cigarettes and money.  When they declined, the suspect reached into his pants pocket, said he had a gun, and demanded money.  No gun was seen.  The victims told him they had no money.  As a car approached the area, the suspect fled on his skateboard northbound on Newell Road.

The victims described the suspect as a Hispanic male in his twenties, about 5 feet 9 inches tall with a medium build and dark complexion.  He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt (with the hood up and drawn close around his face) and baggy light-colored sweatpants.  The suspect spoke with a deep voice that was lightly accented.  His skateboard was small, such his feet covered most of it.  No sketch is available at this time; if one is able to be produced, we will release it as soon as we can.

Detectives are investigating the case.  No similar incidents have been reported in Palo Alto.

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