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


Subject :

Suspect Robs Bank on California Avenue; Remains At Large
Contact : Sergeant Craig Lee, Field Services Division    650-329-2413

Palo Alto, CA – Police are looking to identify a suspect who robbed a bank on California Avenue this evening after showing a note to the teller. The suspect fled on foot and remains at large.

On Monday, February 4, 2019 at 5:28 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a report of a bank robbery that had just occurred at the Wells Fargo located at 505 California Avenue. Officers responded and a search was done with a police canine, but the suspect could not be found.

The investigation revealed the suspect entered the bank and presented a note to a teller demanding money. The teller gave an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect. The suspect then left the bank and was last seen walking northwest through the parking lot of 550 California Avenue. No weapon was seen by the teller in the bank and no one was injured during the robbery.

The suspect is a white male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a red rain jacket with a gray hooded sweatshirt underneath, and dark pants. The suspect was wearing a black beanie with eyeglasses resting on his head. He has brown hair and a goatee. Two images of the suspect captured by surveillance cameras are attached to this news release.

Detectives are actively investigating this case. The last time a bank robbery occurred in Palo Alto was in April of 2018.

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