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Publication Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Three armed robberies in Menlo Three armed robberies in Menlo (July 20, 2005)

In one of three armed robberies in Menlo Park in the past week, someone wounded and robbed a Menlo Park man standing in front of his apartment in the 1100 block of Willow Road at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, July 17.

The robber (or robbers) surprised the 21-year-old man from behind, inflicted a "severe laceration" to the man's lower back, and stole an undisclosed amount of cash from his wallet, said Sgt. Mike Amaral of the Menlo Park Police Department.

The victim never saw who attacked him, police said. A relative took him to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

Police are seeking witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call 330-6300.
Robbers flee after man grabs rifle barrel

Two men attempted to rob a Menlo Park man around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in the 1300 block of Windermere Avenue, but fled after the victim resisted, said Sgt. Van Trask of the Menlo Park Police Department. There were no injuries.

In relating the victim's account of the incident, police said the victim saw two men, one armed with a rifle, approaching as he got out of his vehicle. One of the men pointed the rifle at him, demanding his wallet. The man replied that he did not have a wallet, at which point the assailants became agitated, police said.

The victim grabbed at the rifle barrel and the gunman pulled the trigger, but the weapon did not fire and the attackers ran away. Police are looking for two 25-year-old African American men. During the robbery, they wore black ski masks and black jackets.

Anyone with information is asked to call 330-6300.
Pedestrian robbed at knifepoint

A 28-year-old man was robbed at knifepoint in Menlo Park on around 1:15 a.m. on July 11 as he was walking to a bus stop in the 1100 block of Madera Avenue near Bay Road, police reported.

Two men jumped out of a car and demanded his wallet; they took $270 but the man was not injured, said Sgt. Van Trask of the Menlo Park Police Department.

The suspect carrying the knife was described as African American, about 22 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin build. He was wearing blue jeans, a red T-shirt, and white shoes, and had braids in his hair, police said.

The other suspect was described as African American, about 32 years old, about 6 feet tall with an average build, and wearing a dark blue sweatshirt, blue jeans and black shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Menlo Park police at 330-6300.


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