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


Subject :

Armed Suspect Robs Man in Apartment Complex Carport
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police    650-329-2413
Sketch of Suspect - PA Robbery 2-9-13
Palo Alto, CA -- A man walking through an apartment complex carport was the victim of an armed robbery this morning.  There were no injuries and the suspect is at large.

On Saturday, February 9, 2013, at about 8:48 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call from a man who reported he had just been robbed at gunpoint in the 1000 block of Tanland Drive.  Officers arrived within one minute of being dispatched, but were not able to locate the suspect.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a male in his forties, had just parked in the carport of an apartment complex in the 1000 block of Tanland Drive.  He noticed a man later identified as the suspect pacing back and forth within the carport.  The victim thought this was odd.  The victim got out and started walking through the carport, at which point the suspect suddenly emerged from behind a wall, pulled a black semi-automatic pistol from his waistband, and pointed it at the victim's stomach.  The suspect ordered the victim to return to his vehicle and get in.  The victim complied.  The suspect, who remained outside the vehicle, ordered the victim to give him his wallet.  The victim complied.  The suspect told the victim to stay in his car, and then ran away.  The victim got out of his car after the suspect left, and last saw the suspect running southbound through Greer Park near the basketball courts.

The victim described the suspect as a black male in his late twenties or early thirties, about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build.  The suspect was wearing a gray track suit with the hood up over his head.  A sketch of the suspect is attached to this press release.

Detectives are actively investigating this incident, including any possible connection to the armed robbery of a man and woman walking in the 300 block of Ramona Street on the evening of January 22, 2013.  The suspect in that case has a similar description to the suspect from this morning’s robbery.

Police recommend that people remain aware of their surroundings at all times, and report suspicious behavior immediately to 9-1-1.  Police ask that anyone who may have information about this robbery 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.