Palo Alto police have arrested two suspects in a Saturday night carjacking that took place near the intersection of California Avenue and Park Boulevard.
A Palo Alto resident in her 30s, sitting in her parked vehicle at about 9:40 p.m., Jan.5, heard a tap on her window and faced a man pointing a gun and demanding her car.
She complied, stepping out of the car. She saw the suspect drive off as she called 911 from her cell phone. She was not injured.
The suspect drove the 1999 Honda Accord in the direction of El Camino Real, stopping briefly in the 200 block of California Avenue to pick up another person before turning right on Birch Street.
Palo Alto Police Officer Marco Estrada said police arrived on the scene 30 seconds after dispatch, and one officer saw the vehicle, now occupied by three people, turning from College Avenue onto northbound El Camino Real.
Officers stopped the car in the 400 block of Oxford Avenue, taking the three occupants into custody and finding a BB gun in the glove compartment.
The undamaged vehicle was returned to the victim.
Police arrested the driver of the vehicle, 18-year-old Amador Valentin Rivera of East Palo Ato, as well as a second suspect, a 16-year-old juvenile from Menlo Park, for felony carjacking. The third occupant was interviewed and released without charges after police determined he had no role in the crime, Estrada said.
Officers booked Rivera into the Santa Clara County Main Jail and took the juvenile to the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.
Police are asking that anyone with information about this crime contact the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips may be emailed to email@example.com or sent by text message or voice mail to 650 383-8984.