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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Armed Robbery Occurs in Neighborhood
Contact : Ron Harris, Detective, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Two men robbed a pedestrian at gunpoint last night in a residential neighborhood north of downtown Palo Alto.  The victim was not injured and the suspects are at large.

On Monday, August 12, 2013, at about 10:07 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call reporting that an armed robbery had just occurred in the 100 block of Bryant Street.  Officers arrived on scene quickly but were not able to locate the suspects.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a man in his twenties, was walking northbound in the 100 block of Bryant Street on the east sidewalk.  He heard a man say something from behind him, and turned around to find two suspects about ten feet away.  One of them was pointing a handgun at him.  That suspect ordered him to get on the ground.  The victim complied.  The two suspects then approached him and took his wallet, a bag containing his laptop, and other items from his pockets.  They then ran away eastbound on Poe Street.  The victim was not injured.  A jogger who was a block from the robbery when it occurred went to the victim's aid, and called 9-1-1 from his cell phone to summon police.

The victim described the suspect with the weapon as a white or Hispanic male in his twenties, about six feet tall and between 175 and 200 pounds.  He was clean-shaven and was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with the hood up.  The victim could only describe the second suspect as a male.  The victim could not describe the weapon, other than that it was a handgun.  No suspect vehicles were seen.  The jogger who helped the victim saw the two suspects from a distance, but was unable to provide a description of them. No suspect sketches are available at this time.

Detectives are actively investigating this incident.  Anyone with information about this robbery can 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.