Road rage incident evolves into armed robbery outside Stanford Shopping Center


A road rage incident between two drivers fueled into an armed robbery in which one of them lost his cellphone at the Stanford Shopping Center parking lot on Thursday (July 18) morning, police said.

The incident was initially reported to police as a man armed with a gun at the mall located at 180 El Camino Real around 9:15 a.m., police said in a news release.

Two male drivers first crossed paths while driving north on Arboretum Road, where they shouted at each other while behind the wheel, police said. One of the drivers in a sedan threw a cup of cold coffee at the other driver through a window.

The sedan driver then stopped the vehicle, at which point a female passenger exited the car and ran away, according to police.

The targeted driver, a man in his 50s, parked at the shopping center, walked over to the sedan driver and confronted him, police said. The sedan driver, who was sitting in his car, then took out a semi-automatic handgun and made threats to the other man, who backed away out of fear.

The armed driver went to the other man’s car, stole the man's cellphone, then headed back to the sedan and drove away east on Sand Hill Road, police said.

The man in his 50s was not injured during the confrontation, according to police.

The sedan driver is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, tall and heavy set, police said. He wore a red polo shirt that had polo logo, and gray pants. The vehicle is believed to be a newer model black Toyota Camry, the release stated. He hadn’t been located by authorities as of late Thursday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the police department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police free mobile app, downloadable at or

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on Jul 25, 2019 at 12:06 pm

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Sounds like Oakland

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