Gunmen wearing ski masks try to rob man in Palo Alto, police say

By the Daily Post staff

Palo Alto police are looking for robbers in ski masks who held up a man at gunpoint in the 2300 block of Birch Street, not far from California Avenue.

The two robbers fled on foot and remain at large, according to police.

On Sunday (Jan. 6) at about 9 p.m., a man in his 30s was walking toward his parked vehicle on Birch Street when he noticed two masked men sitting on a bench nearby, watching him, according to police. As he began to open the door of his car to get in, the two suspects approached him.

One of them shoved the victim and spoke to him in Spanish, telling him to give him his money or they would kill him, according to police. That suspect then pointed a small black handgun at the victim, police said.

The victim, who understands Spanish, swung his arm back toward the suspects and ran toward a business that he believed had surveillance cameras out front, police said. The two suspects ran east down New Mayfield Lane and disappeared.

The victim described both suspects as Hispanic males, about 35 years of age, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with medium builds. They were both wearing black ski masks, gloves, and all black clothing.

Police said no surveillance video is available.

Police also said that there’s no suspected connection between this case and any others in Palo Alto or the mid-Peninsula.

Anyone with information about today’s incident is asked to call police at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to (650) 383-8984.