Almanac

News - April 23, 2014

Pedestrian robbed by armed cyclists

by Sandy Brundage

Two teens riding bikes robbed a Menlo Park man at gunpoint near Ivy Drive and Almanor Avenue on Saturday night, April 19, police reported.

When the teens demanded that he turn over his property, the 44-year-old victim tried to use his cellphone to call for help. One assailant then pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and hit the man with it several times, while the other pointed a can of pepper spray at him, police said.

The pair fled with the man's phone. He was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries around 8:47 p.m.

Police released the following descriptions of the suspects: Both were said to be black teenage boys, thin, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with short black hair. One wore a baggy dark short-sleeved shirt and baggy jeans, while the other had on a white hooded sweatshirt with a zipper. One rode a black mountain bike.

Investigators ask that anyone with information call 330-6300 or the anonymous tip line at 330-6395.

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