Palo Alto Weekly

News - July 5, 2013

Embarcadero Road gas station robbed at gunpoint

Man with handkerchief mask holds up Shell station near 101

The Shell gas station on Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto was robbed Tuesday morning, July 2, by a hooded man in a handkerchief mask who police said wielded a semi-automatic pistol.

The robbery occurred shortly after 11 a.m. at 1161 Embarcadero, near U.S. Highway 101. Palo Alto police said the man drove into the gas station and walked into the clerk's booth. He pointed a gun at the three employees in the booth — a man and two women — and demanded money from the cash register, police stated in a press release.

After they complied, he returned to his vehicle — described as a gray Acura MDX sports-utility vehicle — and drove east on Embarcadero Road. He was last seen entering the on-ramp of southbound Highway 101.

There were no customers at the station during the robbery, according to the police. No one was hurt.

The suspect was described as a black male, about 6 feet tall with a thin build. He wore a black sweatshirt with a hood over his head, dark pants and a white handkerchief over his face. Because his face was obscured, the victims couldn't estimate his age. They described his gun as a gray semi-automatic pistol.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Palo Alto police at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

— Gennady Sheyner

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