Suspect arrested in Menlo Park robberies

A fake gun, a purse and several stolen cellphones led police on Monday night to arrest a Menlo Park teenager on suspicion of robbery.

Police were investigating two recent strong-arm robberies -- one on April 17 in the 1300 block of Hill Avenue and another on April 19 at the corner of Ivy Drive and Almanor Avenue -- when they identified one potential culprit.

Based on witness descriptions, officers started looking for a 17-year-old boy, who was on probation for robbery, and located him around 9:45 p.m. last night, according to the report.

A search of the vehicle he was in and a nearby yard turned up a replica gun resembling the weapon used in Saturday's crime, cellphones from the victims of both robberies and, inside a garbage can, a purse belonging to the woman robbed on April 17, police said.

The teen was arrested on suspicion of robbery and assault with a firearm. Investigators continue to look for a second suspect who participated in Saturday's robbery.

Police ask that anyone with information about these cases call 330-6300 or anonymous tip line at 330-6395.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 22, 2014 at 10:14 am

Is "replica gun" what we used to call a toy gun or does it mean something else?

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Posted by Trellis
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Apr 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Good job MPPD!!!

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 22, 2014 at 6:29 pm


it means something different from a toy gun. Replica guns look just like real guns and are easily mistaken for same.

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Posted by prefer not to say
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Apr 22, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Well - as I said in a comment yesterday - this was a stupid, stupid crime, because his benefit was minimal compared to the potential consequences. (Not that any crime is justified.) Hopefully they are realizing the error of their ways ....

Good job, MPPD

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