Almanac

News - May 4, 2011

Menlo Park: Two armed robberies on Sunday

by Dave Boyce

A man armed with a large silver revolver got away with an undetermined amount of cash in an armed robbery of the new BevMo liquor store in the mini-mall at 700 El Camino Real in Menlo Park at around 6:50 p.m. Sunday, May 1, police report.

A few minutes later, at 6:40 p.m., in the 1300 block of Willow Road in Menlo Park, a man carrying what appeared to a knife accosted a 15-year-old pedestrian, told him to empty his pockets, and got away with a cell phone, said Nicole Acker of the Menlo Park Police Department.

There were no injuries in either incident, police said.

In the liquor store robbery, the suspect, a black man in his late 20s to mid 30s, ordered an employee out from behind a cash register to find the store manager, police said.

At the manager's booth, the suspect ordered the manager to remove the contents of the store's safe, which he did, and then to empty each of the store's four cash registers, police said. The suspect took money from one of the registers, police said. The others could not be opened.

A customer in the store at the time did not know it was being robbed, police said.

The suspect, who fled on foot, was wearing a black beanie, a black mask over his nose and mouth, a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and white shoes, police said.

The suspect in the Willow Road robbery is thought to be an Hispanic man between 18 and 20 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall and of slender build. He was wearing a black hat with a white logo and blue jeans, police said.

He was a passenger in a tan Chrysler four-door sedan driven by another Hispanic man, police said.

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