Man robbed at gunpoint in Willows area

A man and a woman in a car cut off a vehicle driven by a 45-year-old East Palo Alto man, then robbed him at gunpoint around 4:20 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the intersection of Menalto Avenue and O'Keefe Street in the Willows neighborhood, police reported.

No one was injured in the incident, but the robbers got away with the victim's wallet and $150 in cash, Menlo Park Police Department spokeswoman Nicole Acker said. The victim did not report the incident until about 2:30 p.m. that day, she added.

The pair blocked the victim's path on the road with a gray four-door Honda, then the woman got out, pointed a gun at the victim and asked for his wallet, police said.

The victim did not give up his wallet but said he had no cash, so the woman went around to the unlocked passenger door, opened it, rifled through the contents of the front seat, found the man's wallet and took it, police said.

The man driving the Honda never got out of the vehicle and there were no witnesses, police said. Detectives are investigating and looking for a black man and a black woman. Anyone with information can call the Menlo Park police at 330-6300 or the anonymous tip line at 650-330-6395.


Posted by Be_careful, a resident of another community
on Feb 2, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Dear Menlo Park police department,
Please consider yourself warned. You saw what happened to the police department in Palo Alto when they said they were looking for a black man for a string of muggings that ALL victims reported as being a black man who perpetrated in their neighborhood. If EPA has their way, you will have to expand your search beyond just "a black man and a black woman". Call it lunacy, but this is what being poltically correct means in today's world.

Posted by Willie Sutton, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Feb 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm

[Post removed]

Posted by Haha, a resident of another community
on Feb 3, 2009 at 2:17 pm

So much for the theory that Palo Alto is "separated" from East Palo Alto by an impassable FREEWAY. You guys have SO overpaid for your houses over there. Suckers.

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