Man Tries to Grab Gun During Attempted Robbery in Palo Alto

Police said the man, who is in his fifties, was walking on the south side of the Parking Garage at 520 Webster St. when the man with the gun rode up to him on a bicycle, pulled out the gun and demanded cash.

By Breena Kerr
|  Sunday, Feb 24, 2013  |  Updated 3:23 PM PDT
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Man Tries to Grab Gun During Attempted Robbery in Palo Alto

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Police are looking for the man accused of trying to rob a man at gunpoint in a Palo Alto parking garage on Friday night.

Police said the man, who is in his fifties, was walking on the south side of the Parking Garage at 520 Webster St. when the man with the gun rode up to him on a bicycle, pulled out the gun and demanded cash.

Instead of giving him cash, the man grabbed the would-be robber's arm and tried to wrestle the gun away from him. But he couldn't get a hold of the gun, and instead took off running and called police. The man with the gun didn't chase him.

Police described the alleged, would-be robber as a black man between 25 and 30 years old, who weighs 160 to 170 pounds. He was riding a cruiser bicycle and wearing a burnt orange, puffy jacket and a dark-colored hat.

Police said they are still investigating whether or not the attempted robbery is connected to three recent Palo Alto armed robberies. Those cases include the armed robbery of a man and woman walking in the 300 block of Ramona Street on the evening of Jan. 22, the armed robbery of a man in a carport in the 1000 block of Tanland Drive on the morning of Feb. 9, and the armed robbery of a woman walking in the 300 block of Bryant Street on the evening of Feb. 13.

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