Two arrested in Menlo Park after armed robbery and car chase


Menlo Park police arrested two juveniles Sunday night (Feb. 28) following the armed robbery of a Mountain View liquor store and a high-speed chase ending near the creek in Menlo Park. Police are seeking a third suspect who escaped.

Mountain View police responded to a report of a robbery at the Liquor and Food Mart at 2339 California St. at around 10:45 p.m. The suspects reportedly brandished a black, semi-automatic handgun at the employee and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the store, Mountain View police said.

The suspects were seen driving away in a white SUV, which was later spotted by a police officer on northbound Highway 101. Palo Alto Police Department officers attempted to pull over the SUV on the highway near Willow Road, but were unsuccessful, police said.

The suspects pulled off the highway and drove through Menlo Park. One of the passengers jumped out of the vehicle in the San Francisquito Creek area near Alma Street and Willow Road. The other two suspects in the vehicle drove to the 100 block of San Mateo Drive, where they bailed out of the vehicle and tried to run away, police said.

Police arrested the two suspects on robbery charges. Their names and other information about them are being withheld because they are minors.

The suspect who fled the vehicle near Alma and Willow is still on the loose. An extensive search by seven police agencies that included K9 units was unsuccessful, police said.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned male, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and black and white tennis shoes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Mountain View Police Detective Alex Beraha at 650-903-6344.

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