Man robbed at knifepoint in Jack Lyle Park

Menlo Park police seek two suspects

If you go walking after midnight, keep an eye out. Late Wednesday night, two men robbed a third who was strolling through Jack Lyle Park in Menlo Park.

Brandishing a knife, the two men demanded the 24-year-old victim hand over his property. They escaped with cash and an iPhone.

Police were called to the park at 1060 Middle Ave. shortly after midnight. They described the suspects as two white men in their 20s. One stood about 6 feet tall, with a thin build and brown hair. He wore a long, baggy black winter jacket with dark pants. The other, described as a heavy-set man with brown hair, wore a dirty beige T-shirt with a graphic design and jeans.

Anyone with information on the robbery may call Officer Jeff Vasquez at 330-6300 or call the anonymous tip line at 330-6395.


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Posted by scary
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 8, 2012 at 10:46 am

Are the police working on artist sketches of the perps? Very scary.

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Posted by Seve
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm

how nervie, robbing a person in a park named after a Menlo Park Police Officer who died protecting the citizens of Menlo Park.

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Posted by Annabelle
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Nov 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Who walks around at night in a park? Sounds like you are asking for trouble.

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Posted by commuter
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm

The Mercury-News says the victim was walking home from work when he was robbed. Curious that the Almanac makes it sound like the victim was playing in the park.

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Posted by get a clue
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Nov 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm

The tone of the last two posts is stunning. Does one have to be walking home from WORK to justify walking in a park at night? Even if he had been "playing," or enjoying the night sky, or chilling after a brutal 12-hour workday, so what? commuter's post smells of utilitarian thinking, and it makes me shudder.

And Annabelle, why are you blaming the victim? Even if he hadn't been walking home from work, why shouldn't he, or anyone, be able to walk around at night?

Everything involves risk (you could get mowed down in a crosswalk in broad daylight by a texting zombie behind the wheel), and I agree that thugs are more likely to do their dirty deeds shrouded by the cloak of night, but to blame the victim rather than the thug is appalling.

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