Almanac

News - December 14, 2011

Crime news: Bicyclist robbed at knifepoint

by Sandy Brundage

A bicyclist pedaling along the Ringwood Avenue pedestrian bridge lost $25 after being confronted by a man brandishing a knife on Tuesday morning, Dec. 6.

The robber grabbed the 31-year-old man by his collar and said, "Give me your stuff!" according to Menlo Park police. The victim convinced the suspect to just take the cash.

He described the suspect as a black man in his mid-20s, 5 foot 10 inches tall, weighing 160 to 180 pounds, with short, dark curly hair. The suspect wore a black hooded sweatshirt with a blue bandanna covering the lower half of his face, police said.

While that suspect remains at large, Menlo Park's narcotics enforcement team wrapped up a weeks-long investigation into another case with an arrest on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Police focused on a Dunsmuir Way home in the wake of complaints about illegal activity. "Many different neighbors were complaining about drug activity, cars coming and going at all hours, loud music from cars," said Detective Sgt. Eric Cowans. "Plus our patrol officers were noticing an increase in activity at the house."

The investigation culminated in a search warrant, police said. The team arrested 49-year-old Raymond Hernandez for alleged possession of methamphetamine. Police declined to disclose how much meth was found, but said they also found evidence of drug sales.

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