Bicyclists, one apparently with a gun, rob man on University Avenue

The 1600 block of University Avenue, where the robbery took place on Tuesday morning, is identified in red.

By the Daily Post staff

Two bicyclists, one believed to have a handgun, robbed a man in the residential portion of University Avenue, Palo Alto police said today (Aug. 23).

The victim told police he was walking east in the 1600 block of University, between W. Crescent and Center drives, when he was approached from behind by two men on bicycles at about 5 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 21).

One of the bikers drew what appeared to be a handgun from his waistband and demanded money. The man threw the money he had in his pocket on the ground.

The victim said that a vehicle drove by that might have spooked the robbers because both rode away east on University. The victim, who didn’t have a phone on him, walked to the 500 block of Crescent and knocked on the front door of a home and asked the resident to call police for him. The victim, a man in his 40s, wasn’t injured in the robbery.


The first robber, who pulled what was apparently a gun, was described by the victim as a black male, around 20 years old, 6-feet-1, weighing 190 pounds. He has a gap in between his two front teeth and was wearing a dark green beanie and a black hooded sweatshirt.

The second robber was a light-skinned, possibly Hispanic male in his mid-20s, around 5-foot-8, with a stocky build. He had a black goatee and dark shoulder length straight hair. He was wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to [email protected] or sent via text message or voicemail to (650) 383-8984.

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