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News - July 23, 2014

Two local armed robberies may be linked, police say

by Sandy Brundage

Police in two cities are investigating whether one man recently committed a pair of armed robberies.

Around 6:47 p.m. Sunday, July 13, a man armed with a semi-automatic pistol confronted two teenagers at gunpoint near Gilbert Avenue and Pope Street in Menlo Park, then fled with their wallets and cellphones.

Seven hours later, at 1:27 a.m. Monday, July 14, a second armed robbery occurred, this time on Hamilton Avenue in Palo Alto, about two miles away from the Menlo Park crime scene.

The suspect came up behind a man in his 40s and demanded his wallet and cellphone. When the victim hesitated, the suspect pulled back the slide on the pistol as if to load a round, according to the report.

None of the victims was injured.

The victim of the Palo Alto robbery described the suspect as a light-skinned man about 30 years old, 5-foot-10-inches tall with a medium build, and dressed in a black cap, sunglasses, black shirt with long sleeves and black pants. The description was similar to the Menlo Park suspect, according to police.

Menlo Park investigators are continuing to work with the Palo Alto Police Department, said Menlo Park police spokeswoman Nicole Acker. "Because of the similarities in the incidents and the description of the suspect, yes, they think the cases are still linked."

Anyone with information regarding these crimes may contact Menlo Park police at 330-6300 or via the anonymous tip line at 330-6395.

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