A man who owns an Airbnb property in Palo Alto was robbed twice by three people after he found a large party in full swing at his rental early Sunday morning, police said Wednesday.
The man went to the residence on Tennyson Avenue near Alma Street, not far from Peers Park, around 12:30 a.m. after receiving notifications about an activated smoke alarm, according to a police press release. Instead of finding two people renting the home for the night, the property was filled with about 40 people attending a party.
The man, who's in his 60s, started asking people to leave, but some ignored his request. As he stepped inside a bedroom, two men pushed him to the ground, then stole his wallet and cellphone before they fled, police said. A person attending the party helped the homeowner retrieve the items.
As the resident dialed 911, a third man pushed him down, then took his cellphone and money from his front pants pocket before running away, police said. The homeowner wasn't injured.
Officers responded to the home at about 1:45 a.m., Sunday after police dispatch received a 911 hang-up call.
All three robbers are described as black men who are between 20 and 25 years old. The third man stood about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighed between 160 and 170 pounds and had black hair and brown eyes. He wore a dark-colored sweat jacket and orange pants.
"The reported behavior is appalling, and we have removed the booking guest from the Airbnb community," Airbnb officials said in a statement provided to the Weekly. "We are providing our full support to our host at this time, and we have proactively reached out to Palo Alto Police to offer our assistance in their investigation."
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