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Atherton: Road rage leads to armed robbery

 

Updated version of an earlier story.

Police have provided more detail about the road-rage incident the night after Christmas that led to an armed robbery in an Atherton driveway, saying the victims were from out of town and were followed from Palo Alto.

The incident began in Palo Alto over a situation in which a driver in a Mercedes Benz reconsidered a decision to make a turn and instead merged back into traffic, according to Sgt. Alfredo Guarducci of the Atherton Police Department.

A man driving behind the Mercedes in a metallic blue Subaru appeared to became angry at the maneuver and started a chase that continued north on Middlefield Road into Menlo Park. The Subaru driver flashed his headlights at the Mercedes and yelled and screamed during the chase, police said.

In the Subaru, besides the driver, were at least two passengers, police said. Inside the Mercedes were two men and two women, all in their early 20s, police said. The driver was from Los Altos, as was one of the three passengers; the other two passengers were from San Jose and from out of state, police said.

Both vehicles stopped for a red light at Middlefield Road and Ravenswood Avenue. At that point, the driver of the Subaru got out and approached the Mercedes, yelling profanities as he came, police said.

One of the passengers in the Mercedes had been urging the driver to turn left on Ravenswood and head for the Menlo Park police station, but the driver -- unsettled by the physical approach of the Subaru's driver, police said -- instead chose to continue north on Middlefield.

A few minutes later, at about 8:35 p.m., the Mercedes's driver turned east on Oak Grove Avenue and turned into the first driveway encountered, at 230 Oak Grove Ave., police said. The Subaru followed and stopped close behind, and two men got out.

One of the men pointed a gun at the Mercedes and demanded the occupants' money, keys and cellphones. Sgt. Guarducci said he believed the occupants complied with the demand.

The men got back into the Subaru, left the scene and are still at large, police said. There were no injuries, Sgt. Guarducci said.

Police described the two men as Hispanic.

Dave Boyce

Comments

19 people like this
Posted by Scott
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Dec 28, 2015 at 12:28 pm

I think that if one is being followed aggressively, pulling into a police or fire station might be safer than a private residence.


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Posted by Not fishy
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Dec 28, 2015 at 12:38 pm

Yes, especially since a turn to the west onto Ravenswood, rather than the east, would have nearly landed them on top of the MMPD station, in about 1500-2000 feet. Perhaps they were not local and unaware, or not thinking clearly due to the 'rage'.

Or there was something fishy going on....


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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 28, 2015 at 1:04 pm

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Testosterone induced machoism strike again. Why stop and exit the vehicle period!! Lucky the person wasn't shot.


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Posted by I didn't know that
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 29, 2015 at 8:07 am

SteveC: "Testosterone induced machoism" for the two drivers in the pursuing vehicle for sure. There is no mention of the gender of the people in the lead car. Maybe it was two women who were scared and knew someone at that house on Oak Grove? My guess is as good as yours.


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Posted by MenloRes
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Dec 29, 2015 at 9:48 am

@IDidntKnowThat "both men, got out, police said"


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Posted by I didn't know that
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 29, 2015 at 12:23 pm

MenloRes: The article reads "The pursuing vehicle stopped close behind and two men got out, police said."

No mention of the lead car occupants.


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Posted by Translation
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 29, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Whoever wrote this article needs a lesson in remedial writing. Still trying to decipher the meaning of "one of his from the direction of Palo Alto." Pretty embarrassing, Almanac.


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Posted by Familiar
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 29, 2015 at 5:26 pm

The "road rage" may have been a planned pretext for the robbery.

Don't stop. Don't get out. Call 911. Tell 911 what happening and follow instructions. Get to safety.


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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 30, 2015 at 1:54 pm

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Familiar: Absolutely correct. They had cell phones, should have used them.


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Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 30, 2015 at 2:39 pm

@ I didn't know that-
You'll know more if you follow the link to the initial story. It says the lead vehicle had 2 women & 2 men.


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Posted by Mcbt
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Dec 30, 2015 at 7:36 pm

Next time, use your cell phone to call 911 and drive to El Camino Real , honking the horn. The cops will be there in a flash and the bad guys will flee.


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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 31, 2015 at 8:17 am

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Some people just can't read and refuse to acknowledge the fact that they are wrong.


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Posted by Translation
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 31, 2015 at 12:37 pm

For those of you who came in late...the original story was incoherent. Hence the questions from the initial posters.


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Posted by LYC
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 31, 2015 at 8:09 pm

230 Oak Grove is in the first cul-de-sac a few houses down from M-A. My guess is, the driver of the lead car thought it was a through street when he saw the street sign and turned. When he reached the dead end, he had to turn around. It was a tight spot and dark, so the pursuing car was able to catch up with them.


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