On October 2, 2020, at approximately 11:00 a.m., a robbery at gunpoint occurred in the 200 block of Ivy Drive in Menlo Park. A juvenile victim reported to Menlo Park police officers that he had agreed to purchase a bicycle for $400 in cash, and communicated with the suspect via Snapchat. When the victim arrived at the agreed location, he handed the cash to the person selling the bicycle. As the seller walked away, another juvenile arrived on a bicycle, pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded the victim’s newly purchased bicycle and his cellular phone. The victim handed over the bicycle but kept his phone.
On October 7, 2020, after further investigation by Menlo Park police officers, the suspect who arranged the sale of the bicycle was identified as a 16 year old East Palo Alto resident. Detectives located the juvenile suspect and gained a full confession in which he confirmed he worked in concert with the second suspect to rob the victim. The suspect was issued a court date and released to the custody of his parents. The handgun is still outstanding. The Menlo Park Police Department is continuing the investigation into the identity of the second juvenile suspect who brandished the firearm.
Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact Detective Jeremy Ordone.