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


Subject :

Robbery and Car-Jacking in Palo Alto
Contact : Agent Max Nielepko, Palo Alto police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- On Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 2:36 AM, the Palo Alto Police responded to a robbery that had just occurred in the 3300 block of Park Boulevard.

The three victims, two who were in their early twenties and one in his mid-forties were standing near their running pickup truck, engaged in conversation while the truck warmed up. They were approached by two suspects who had passed them a short time before. One suspect pointed a gun at them and demanded their wallets and cellular telephones. Two of the victims surrendered their wallets and cell phone to the suspects, who then left with the stolen items and walked a short distance away. At that point, one of the victims attempted to enter his vehicle and the suspects returned, brandished the firearm again, pulled the victim from his truck and told him they were taking his vehicle. All three victims stepped aside as the suspects entered the truck and drove away.

The suspect  with the gun was described as either a white, Hispanic or Pacific Islander male in his early twenties, about 6'4" to 6’5” tall and weighing about 240-260 pounds. This suspect was last seen wearing a Pea Jacket and a white hockey mask.

The second suspect was described as a Pacific Islander male in his early twenties, about 6’4” to 6’5” tall weighing about 260 to 280 pounds. This suspect was last seen wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt.

The information concerning the stolen vehicle, a White 2007 Chevy Colorado was broadcast to surrounding agencies. A short time later, East Palo Alto Police located the vehicle and attempted to stop it. The suspects jumped from the vehicle in the 400 block of Donohoe Street in East Palo Alto and fled on foot. Several other agencies responded to the area, set up a perimeter and canines were used to search for the suspects with negative results. 

None of the victims or officers was injured in this robbery and subsequent foot pursuit. The victim’s vehicle was towed for evidence processing.

It is obvious that robberies can occur anywhere. If you find yourself the unfortunate victim of a robbery, please cooperate with the suspect’s demands. Any persons with information regarding this particular crime are encouraged to call the Palo Alto Police Department at 650-329-2413. Any anonymous tips may be sent to