A would-be robbery victim in East Palo Alto took matters into his own hands on Wednesday afternoon, scaring away two robbers with a gun.
The man was inside a back room of his house on the 2200 block of Capitol Avenue when he saw two men breaking into his home around 2:39 p.m., said East Palo Alto Police acting Detective Sergeant Angel Sanchez.
Both men had handguns and assaulted the victim, demanding money and guns. Sanchez said they pistol-whipped the victim.
The victim managed to retrieve a gun of his own.
"He chased after them, fired two rounds into the ground and scared them away," Sanchez said.
The two suspects fled the Capitol Avenue home. They have not been apprehended.
The day before Wednesday's robbery, East Palo Alto's "crime emergency" order officially took effect, more than doubling the number of patrol officers in the field.