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


Subject :

Armed Robbery Occurs in Post Office Parking Lot at Midnight
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Suspect armed with handgun
Palo Alto, CA -- Two men, including one armed with a handgun, robbed a couple who pulled into a post office parking lot just after midnight to mail letters.  The victims were not injured and the suspects are at large.

On Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at about 12:10 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call reporting that an armed robbery had just occurred at the Palo Alto Post Office at 2085 East Bayshore Road.  The two victims (a married couple in their fifties) had immediately returned home after the robbery and called police, since neither of them had been carrying a cell phone at the time of the crime.

The investigation revealed that the two victims drove into the parking lot of the post office just after midnight to mail letters.  As they returned to their car, the suspect vehicle drove up to them.  The two suspects got out and confronted the victims.  The primary suspect pointed a black handgun at them and demanded their property.  The male victim complied and turned over his wallet.  The female victim had nothing with her.  The suspects fled northbound on East Bayshore Road in a black newer-model four-door sedan.

The victims described the suspect with the handgun as a black male, about 30 years old, about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds.  He was wearing a dark-sleeved shirt and dark pants, and was armed with a black handgun.  The victims described his accomplice as a black male, between 20 and 30 years of age, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 170 pounds.  He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, and a hat with a brim facing forward.  A sketch of the suspect armed with the handgun was added to this release on August 31, 2013.

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.