Menlo Park: Bicyclists rob man at gunpoint

Two teens riding bikes robbed a Menlo Park man at gunpoint near Ivy Drive and Almanor Avenue on Saturday night, according to police.

When the teens demanded that he turn over his property, the 44-year-old victim tried to use his cellphone to call for help. One assailant then pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and hit the man with it several times, while the other pointed a can of pepper spray at him, the report said.

The pair fled with the man's phone. He was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries around 8:47 p.m.

Police released the following descriptions of the suspects: Both were said to be black teenage boys, thin, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with short black hair. One wore a baggy dark short-sleeved shirt and baggy jeans, while the other had on a white hooded sweatshirt with a zipper. One rode a black mountain bike.

Investigators ask that anyone with information call 330-6300 or the anonymous tip line at 330-6395.


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Posted by prefer not to say
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Apr 21, 2014 at 10:57 am

Not only is this crime cruel - it's utterly foolish. How much money can someone get from randomly robbing a pedestrian? If they don't get caught for this crime, they're likely to get caught for a similar incident, spend a few years in jail, screw up their entire life. Very bad idea for a few bucks.

I hope the victim recovers quickly.

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Posted by Carl
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Apr 21, 2014 at 2:01 pm

They're giving bicyclists a bad name.

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

yes they are Carl.

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Posted by SENSATIONAL!!!
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 21, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Amusing that they called the kids "Bicyclists" simply because they were on bikes. Sort of like when they say "Cyclist struck by car", and it turns out to be a homeless guy with 3 giant bags of cans in tow.
A cyclist or bicyclist, IMO, is someone enthusiastic about cycling and invokes an image in most reader's minds.
Here's the more correct headline, but lacks the hot button term "Bicyclists"
_Menlo Park: Teens on bikes rob man at gunpoint_
Your welcome.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Apr 22, 2014 at 1:20 am

Um, really, anyone riding a bike is a bicyclist. It doesn't matter if it's a homeless person with all of their belongings, a gazillionaire on her daughter's bike, a student riding to the library or thieves on bikes - they're all bicyclists. These particular bicyclists are also dangerous idiots.

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Posted by Poor Choice
a resident of another community
on Apr 22, 2014 at 6:47 am

I agree, but when you use a more minor descriptor as the main descriptor in the headline it does not serve .
When you say a "Bicyclist" did it, it invokes an image in most reader's minds, but the fact that they were on bikes is very minor to the other descriptors that could have been used such as "Local teens".
I would also laugh at the headline "Car driver robs man at gunpoint" if he made his escape in a car, and I laugh at this one.

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Posted by gun owners
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 22, 2014 at 7:29 am

The title would make a lot more sense if the headline was "Gun owners rob man". What does bicycle have to do with the story? The real issue is guns.

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Posted by RU Nutz
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Apr 22, 2014 at 8:37 am

What kind of an idiot goes for an evening stroll on a Saturday night in our crime laden part of town? Belle haven is only marginally safer than Mogadishu.

The issue is not guns (inflames the right) or bikes (inflames the left). It is about exercising common sense. It is also not what a citizen should be able to do; it is about exercising a little common sense so as not to expose one's self unnecessarily to potentially dangerous situations.

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