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Crime briefs: BevMo robber suspected of 20-plus crimes

• Man armed with gun targets stores, police said.

by Sandy Brundage

A man suspected of robbing the Menlo Park BevMo store at gunpoint may have carried out at least 20 similar crimes throughout the Bay Area, police say.

After the suspect allegedly robbed another store June 1, the San Jose Police Department released a sketch of a black man in his mid 30s, weighing about 200 pounds, and standing 5 feet 9 inches.

Detectives believe he also committed robberies in San Francisco, San Leandro, San Bruno, Redwood City, Pacifica, Fremont, Daly City, and Colma.

On May 1, the robber targeted the BevMo at 700 El Camino Real in Menlo. Armed with a silver-colored revolver, the man ordered the store manager to take money out of a safe and four cash registers, while a customer remained unaware of the robbery, police said.

No one was injured. The man fled on foot, wearing a black beanie, black mask covering his nose and mouth, a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and white shoes, police said.

San Jose police ask anyone with information regarding the suspect to call Det. Adam Hutson at (408) 277-4166. To contact investigators anonymously, call Silicon Valley Crimestoppers at (408) 947-7867.

Stabbing suspect arrested in Menlo

A sharp exchange of words on a sunny afternoon turned physical Thursday, June 23, in Menlo Park. Police said they arrested Menlo Park resident Alamoti Finau, 69, for allegedly stabbing another man in the arm.

The two men got into a confrontation shortly after 4 p.m. in the 1200 block of Willow Road, police said.

Medics took the 68-year-old victim to the hospital, where he is expected to recover, police said.

Sgt. Matthew Ortega said the two men were acquaintances, but investigators don't know yet what they were arguing about.

Police said they are investigating the stabbing as an attempted murder. They ask anyone with information about the incident to call 330-6300.

Strong-arm robbery

Two suspects punched and kicked a 19-year-old man until he passed out on Sunday, June 26, according to Menlo Park police. The two men then stole his wallet and cell phone. The victim went home after regaining consciousness and called police, reporting that the robbery happened around 3 a.m. near the intersection of Carlton Avenue and Pierce Road.

Car burglarized, again

Thieves apparently like convertibles, or at least this particular convertible. For the fourth time, the owner reported that unknown suspects broke into the car, this time taking the stereo and a pair of Bose speakers worth about $600, police said. The car was parked in the 800 block of Laurel Avenue.


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