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


Subject :

Armed Suspect Robs Pair Walking Near Downtown
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- A man and woman walking together near downtown last night were the victims of an armed robbery.  There were no injuries and the suspect is at large.

On Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at about 8:45 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from an employee of a restaurant in the 400 block of Emerson Street reporting that two people had just told him they had been robbed at gunpoint on the street about 10 to 15 minutes earlier.  Officers responded to the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.

The investigation revealed that the two victims (a man in his fifties and a woman in her twenties) had been walking together northbound in the 300 block of Ramona Street.  A suspect approached from in front of them and stood in their way on the sidewalk.  He produced a black handgun and demanded their wallets and the woman's purse.  The victims complied.  The suspect told them to walk back in the direction from which they had come, which they did.  They heard him running away northbound on Ramona Street.  There was no known associated vehicle.  Neither victim was injured.  They walked to the restaurant and told the staff they had been robbed.

The victims described the suspect as a black male in his early twenties, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 165 pounds.  The suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, and dark pants.  A sketch of the suspect is attached to this press release.

Police do not believe that this crime is related to the two incidents that occurred downtown within 15 minutes of one another during the early morning hours of December 2, 2012.  In those two cases, the suspect acted violently towards the victims (both women who were alone) and was not armed with a weapon.

Police recommend that people remain aware of their surroundings when out for walks, and report suspicious behavior immediately to 9-1-1.

Detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department are actively investigating this incident.  Police ask that anyone who may have information about this crime contact 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.