A man and woman were robbed at gunpoint in Palo Alto earlier this week and police have released a sketch of the suspect in the hopes that someone will be able to identify him.
The pair of victims was walking near downtown at about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday when the suspect approached in front of them and blocked their path. Police say he produced a black handgun and demanded their belongings. The victims complied and the suspect reportedly told them to walk back in the direction from which they came before fleeing on foot. Neither victim was injured.
The victims reported the incident to an Emerson Street restaurant employee, who called police. Officers searched the area for the suspect with negative results.
The victims described the suspect as being a black man in his early 20s, about 5’8” and 165 pounds. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and dark pants.
Police do not believe the case is related to two other armed robberies that occurred within 15 minutes of each other on December 2, 2012. In those cases, the suspect acted violently towards the victims, police say, and he was not armed with a weapon.
Anyone with information on this case is urged to call Palo Alto police at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips may also be e-mailed to email@example.com or sent via text message to (650) 383-8984.