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


Subject :

Armed Robbery at 7-Eleven; Suspect At Large
Contact : Janine De la Vega, Public Affairs Manager    650-329-2413

Palo Alto, CA – A male suspect armed with a handgun entered the 7-Eleven in the Midtown neighborhood, demanded money and fled. His whereabouts are unknown and he remains at large.

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 12:21 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred at the 7-Eleven located at 708 Colorado Avenue. Police conducted a search for the suspect with the assistance of a Mountain View Police Department canine, but he was not located.

The investigation reveals that a male employee in his twenties was mopping the floor when the male suspect walked into the store. The suspect showed the victim a semi-automatic handgun that was originally concealed under his clothing and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect stole the money and ran away eastbound on Colorado Avenue.

The victim described the suspect as being in his twenties, 5 feet 7 inches tall with a thin build. His race is unknown. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, black pants, red shoes, purple gloves, and a red bandana covering his face. A photo of the suspect is attached to this news release. This is the best quality image we were able to obtain.

Detectives are actively investigating this case. They are looking into whether the suspect is connected to robberies in surrounding communities.

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 voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or