Palo Alto police are looking for a man who threatened a gardener with a knife and stole her leaf blower Monday, Oct. 22.
The gardener was working in the front yard of a house in the 900 block of Channing Avenue at about 1:40 p.m. when she noticed a man rifling through equipment in the back of her pickup truck, which was parked on the street, a police spokesman said. The gardener told the man to get out of the truck but he refused, police said. The man then took a leaf blower from the truck, at which point the woman approached him and grabbed him by the collar, according to police.
The man brandished a silver folding knife and the woman picked up a piece of wood from the truck, prompting the man to say "you don't want to do that," police said. The man then took the leaf blower and fled in his vehicle, which was described as a dark-colored, older model Acura with front-end damage.
The man is described as Hispanic, approximately 30 to 35 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. He was wearing black jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt, had collar-length hair, a goatee and "rotten teeth," police said. The gardener was not injured during the robbery.