Mugger on El Camino gets $200 and cigarettes

The red marker shows where the mugging took place in Palo Alto's Barron Park neighborhood. Apple maps.

Daily Post Staff Writer

Police spent about 45 minutes searching the Barron Park neighborhood in south Palo Alto yesterday (March 22) after a man in a yellow jacket who mugged a pedestrian outside the Barron Park Florist on El Camino Real.

Around 4:45 p.m., the man pushed the victim and stole his cigarettes and $200 cash before heading south on foot.

The victim last saw the robber by the Valero gas station at 3972 El Camino. A witness said he went into the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park around the corner.

Police were told that the robber was overheard on the phone, seeming to be waiting for a ride, according to police radio transmissions. A Mountain View police sniff dog was brought in around 5:01 p.m.

The robber was described as a heavyset black man standing between 5 foot 6 and 5 foot 8 inches tall.

Around 5:21 p.m., a woman living in the trailer park right behind the Valero station told police that before officers arrived, she saw the man get picked up in a blue truck.

After hearing that, police called off the search at 5:22 p.m.