Armed robbery occurs near downtown


Palo Alto police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Monday night at 10:07 p.m. on the 100 block of Bryant Street.

No one was injured during the incident, but the alleged robbers are still at large, according to a release issued by the Palo Alto Police Department.

The incident occurred when man in his twenties was walking on Bryant Street when he heard a man behind him say something. When he turned around he was confronted by two men in their 20s -- one of them was holding a handgun, according to the release.

He complied to the men's demand to lie on the ground, and the men took his cell phone, a bag containing his laptop and several items from his pockets before they fled on Poe Street, the release stated.

A jogger who was a block away from the robbery went to the victim's aid and called police.

The victim described one of the alleged robbers as a 6-foot-tall white or Hispanic male in his 20s, between 175 and 200 pounds, who was clean-shaven and wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the hood up. He could only describe the other alleged robber as male, according to the release.

Anyone with information about this robbery can contact our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 13, 2013 at 1:43 pm

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Posted by Candice
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm

They should put exploding dye packs inside cell phones so they could be triggered remotely. Or skunk scent.

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 13, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Stand your ground is not such a bad idea sometimes.
I think we are going to see a lot more of this kind of stuff in the near future.
This is very disheartening to know people would do this.
Pretty soon they will be busting into our houses.

I hope the cellphone was one of those that can be tracked through the internet, and maybe take a picture of the thugs. There are apps for that now.

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Posted by Donald
a resident of Professorville
on Aug 13, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Why in heaven's name would we be "seeing a lot more of this?" Crime has been going down all over the country and even the world for years. In the past 5 years there have been a couple of bursts of robbery and burglary and the Bad Guys were caught without gunplay. There were 43 robberies in 2008 and 23 in 2012. We are in one of the safest places to live in the entire world. The idea that we need to arm ourselves against the people that are about to break into our homes is absurd.

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Posted by Chris Zaharias
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 13, 2013 at 11:13 pm

What Donald said. The fact that with the Web we can now be aware of everything happening everywhere doesn't negate the facts, which are that crime's way down over the medium term.

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Posted by Phil
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 15, 2013 at 6:03 am

A dismissive take on violent crime, or justifying a sense of security based on statistics and probability is always a convenient position until you or someone you care about becomes a victim. Like someone said, "A liberal is just a conservative who hasn't been mugged yet."

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Posted by Kevin
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 16, 2013 at 9:34 am

Soooo according to Phil...factual evidence really doesn't matter. You should never feel safe as long as there's a minor possibility that you will be the victim of a random event, especially in such a well off place as Silicon Valley. Whether or not you or someone you know gets mugged doesn't change the fact that, overall, things are pretty safe. Seriously, you really shouldn't take everything so personally, and accept that bad things might happen no matter what (and it's very unlikely that they will happen to you). This is coming from someone who has been the victim of crime...

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