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


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Police Investigate Two Valentine’s Day Armed Robberies
Contact : Lieutenant Zach Perron, Palo Alto Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- An armed robbery that occurred last night in a north Palo Alto neighborhood is likely related to an attempted armed robbery that occurred about 30 minutes later in Menlo Park.

On Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at about 8:15 p.m., the victim, a man in his 50's, was walking his dog in the 200 block of Walter Hays Drive in Palo Alto, near the intersection with Stanley Way. The suspect approached the victim on foot, shined a flashlight into the victim's eyes, and pointed a handgun at him. The suspect demanded his wallet, and ordered him to empty his pockets and drop everything on the ground. The victim complied. The suspect told the victim to turn around and walk away, which he did. The suspect then fled the scene with some of the victim's personal property, and a vehicle was heard leaving the scene at a high rate of speed. The victim was not injured.

The suspect is a black male in his twenties, about five feet ten inches tall, with a medium build. The victim could not provide additional details on the suspect, handgun, or vehicle.

Later that night at about 8:45 PM , the Menlo Park Police Department received a report of an attempted armed robbery of a woman in her 50's that occurred in the 400 block of Laurel Avenue in thier city. In that incident the suspect approached the victim on foot, pointed a small black handgun at her, and demanded her wallet. The victim did not have any property on her, and the suspect got into the passenger side of a waiting dark-colored older van. The van drove away westbound on Laurel Avenue. The suspect is a black male in his early twenties, about six feet tall, wearing dark clothing. The victim in the Menlo Park case was not injured.

Detectives from both agencies are working together to investigate the two robberies.

Police suggest that people remain aware of their surroundings when out for walks, and report suspicious behavior immediately to 9-1-1. We ask that anyone having information about these robberies contact our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message to 650-383-8984.