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Motorist kidnapped at Palo Alto gas station

Original post made on Aug 2, 2013

A motorist pumping gas at the Shell gas station on Embarcadero Road was kidnapped and forced to drive an allegedly drunk man away from an accident early Thursday morning, Aug. 1.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 2, 2013, 1:32 PM

Comments (12)

Posted by The Emperor's Tailer, a resident of Gunn High School
on Aug 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm

There is no good reason to live in Palo Alto over some of the more immediate towns. Sorry, maybe one: it _is_ cheaper than Atherton and Woodside.

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Question of style -- irrelevant to the story -- "about 328 feet" looks like an overly precise conversion of 100 meters. I see this often in the media where a round number becomes a jarring string of significant digits. Is it assumed that readers don't know meters and kilograms, or is it resistance to going metric? Or maybe it got converted somewhere upstream before the reporter got the story.

Posted by Captain Nemo, a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 2, 2013 at 2:25 pm

"about 55 fathoms"

Posted by Wow, guys., a resident of University South
on Aug 2, 2013 at 3:51 pm

"There is no good reason to live in Palo Alto over some of the more immediate towns. Sorry, maybe one: it _is_ cheaper than Atherton and Woodside."

It's now officially impossible to tell the trolls from the legitimately crazy people anymore.

Posted by Wondering?, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I know what a tailor is .. but what is a tailer? (Someone who walks behind the Emporer and holds up his tails, perhaps?)

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 2, 2013 at 7:07 pm

This is both awful & comical. Awful because it must have been terrifying for the poor victim, comical because the idiot kidnapper behaved so foolishly. I'm glad that the victim is okay - this could've had a more tragic ending. It reminds me a bit of when that preschool teacher in Palo Alto was carjacked at gunpoint in a parking lot on her lunch break.

For me, it's a reminder that when out late at night, to have a dog w/me whenever possible. So many men feel safe out & about, but they're crime victims, too. It's often when they're alone late at night, as well.

Posted by Downtown Girl, a resident of University South
on Aug 3, 2013 at 9:06 am

FYI - Never, Never, Never go to the second crime scene! He sounds like a drunken idiot, but if he were a true sociopath leaving the initial crime scene (ie - the gas station) only takes you to a more unpredictable location and allows the perpetrator to have more control. Easier said then done, but I would of given him my car. And uh... where was the gas station attendant?

Posted by hulkamania, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 3, 2013 at 6:09 pm

"And uh... where was the gas station attendant?"

Locked in the booth to keep from getting robbed.

Posted by homeless , a resident of another community
on Aug 4, 2013 at 2:01 am

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Posted by Guest, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm

I didn't think the Shell station on Embarcadero was open at 1:00 am.

Posted by Jared Bernstein, a resident of Professorville
on Aug 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm

What strikes me here is the delicate usage in "allegedly drunk", but the rest of the events and actions are described in plain language. Has this suspect confessed to all this, or is this alleged by others to be his actions?

Posted by Edgewood Resident, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Yes, something's not right here, that station usually closes at 11pm.

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