Gunman Robs Pair Walking Near Downtown

The man and woman were walking together when they were stopped by the robber.


Palo Alto Police are searching for an armed robber who held up a man and woman walking together in the 300 block of Ramona Street. The suspect got away with both of their wallets and the woman’s purse. No one was hurt.

Police received a call at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday from a restaurant employee who reported the crime. The robbery had taken place 10-15 minutes earlier.

According to Detective Sergeant Brian Philip, PAPD, “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…They walked to the restaurant and told the staff they had been robbed.” The restaurant is in the 400 block of Emerson Street.

Police are working on a sketch of the suspect which should be released later today.

They don’t think 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 victims were violently attacked.

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

If you have information about this crime call the 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.

Patch will publish the sketch of the suspect when it becomes available.


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