Police seek public's help in finding gunmen in home-invasion robbery


Menlo Park police are asking the public to help them find two suspects in a home-invasion robbery in Menlo Park on July 31.

Click here to see larger sketches and descriptions of the suspects from the Menlo Park Police Department.

Two men armed with handguns invaded a home in the 1200 block of San Mateo Drive in Menlo Park around 8:56 a.m. Saturday, July 31, police reported.

One man held a female resident at gunpoint and ordered her to remain quiet, police said.

The other gunman took an iPhone from another female resident and then fled on foot when other residents in the house heard the commotion, said Officer Paul Phu of the Menlo Park Police Department.

No one was injured and the iPhone was the only item reported taken in the incident, Officer Phu said.

One suspect was described as a Hispanic man in his 30s and approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing a black beanie-type cap and dark clothing, police said.

The other suspect was described as a heavyset Hispanic man, about 28 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall, and with a dark complexion. He was wearing blue jeans, a white long-sleeve T-shirt under a blue collared shirt, and black tennis shoes. He had short hair, a thin mustache and spoke Spanish, police said.

Officers from neighboring cities assisted in a search but the suspects were not found.

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call Detective Jeff Vasquez at 650-330-6363, Detective Sergeant Jaime Romero at 650-330-6361, or the anonymous tip line at 650-330-6395.

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Posted by Huh
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I don't know anyone involved...but two men armed with guns enter a home and only steal and iphone and flee when they heard someone??? Sounds like someone lost their phone and didn't want to tell mama. I'm just saying...risk all that jail time, commit home invasion robbery for a phone you can steal at Starbucks? Maybe they were just really dumb crooks. If I am wrong, to the victims, I apologize...but this is a tough one.

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Posted by Ranch Gal
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Aug 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm

My Latino gardener was robbed of $1400 (all his rent money) in EAST PALO ALTO in front of his house at gunpoint a month ago in broad daylight at 3 pm. The EPA Police Dept has the license plate # of the suspects car, plus accurate descriptions of both of the African American male suspects. Do you think THIS would merit an article in the Almanac or that EPA police would endeavor to actually catch these thugs? No "sketch artist" was hired to draw the suspects for any newspaper article like this Menlo Park PD has. I suppose East Palo Alto is just not tony enough to merit any story at all. You have to have multi-million dollar digs to merit notice.!!!
Sad commentary on our society.

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Posted by Hmmm - to Ranch Gal
a resident of another community
on Aug 5, 2010 at 11:42 am

I am so sorry to hear what happened to your gardener! EPA can be dicey. It's hard to know if that a wealthy home is needed to get attention paid a crime, or if the police are overloaded. Still & all that's a good sized cash robbery.

Sometimes in lieu of money or social status, one has to pressure the cops & be a big time squeaky wheel.

Do you know what street this happened on?

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Posted by Sorry
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 5, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Sorry Ranch Gal, but if the A reported on all East Palo Alto crime it would have to be three times its current size. That is not to downplay what happened to your friend. It is a violent, crime ridden city that everyone pretends is not there and no one wants to hear about it. It is corrupt from top to bottom, and the city doesn't care, the thugs don't care, and the good poor people trapped there get the shaft.

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