News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
650-329-2607
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

4/14/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 04142013
Subject :

Man Robs Credit Union on El Camino Real
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police    650-329-2413
Surveillance photo of suspect
Palo Alto, CA -- A man entered Provident Credit Union in Palo Alto on Saturday morning and robbed the business of an undisclosed amount of cash.

On Saturday, April 13, 2013, at about 9:05 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call from Provident Credit Union at 2390 El Camino Real reporting the business had just been robbed.  Officers arrived on scene within a minute, but were unable to locate the suspect.  No one was injured during the robbery.

The investigation revealed that the suspect entered the credit union and presented a note to the tellers demanding money.  The note claimed the suspect had a firearm, though one was never seen.  The tellers complied with his demand.  The suspect fled on foot, running southbound through the parking lot just west of the credit union.  A witness said they saw the suspect driving away in a silver or gray 2-door sedan, possibly a Ford Thunderbird, headed southbound on El Camino Real.

Witnesses described the suspect as a black male in his forties or fifties, between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet 1 inch tall, with a thin build.  He was wearing a black nylon jacket with a white and gray horizontal stripe across the chest, black nylon pants with a white stripe down the legs, a white wristwatch, and white shoes.  He wore eyeglasses and a black baseball hat.  He was carrying a black backpack.  A Provident Credit Union surveillance photo of the suspect is attached to this release.  It is possible that witnesses may be able to work with a police sketch artist to produce a sketch; if that occurs, the sketch will be released separately as soon as it is available.

A suspect also robbed the same Provident Credit Union on January 9, 2013.  That case has been solved, with charges currently pending against 32-year-old San Jose resident Hunter D. Thompson.  Details about that incident can be obtained in our press release archive at www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/pol/press.asp

Detectives are actively investigating Saturday's robbery.  Anyone who recognizes the suspect or who may have information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.



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