Mountain View police arrest suspects in liquor store robbery

Two suspects have been arrested after they robbed a liquor store and led police on a chase that ended in Menlo Park late Sunday.

Around 10:46 p.m., police were called to the Liquor and Food Mart, located at 2339 California St., for reports of an armed robbery where the suspects brandished a black, semi-automatic handgun at an employee and stole an undisclosed amount of money.

According to the caller, the suspects drove away from the store in a white SUV or pickup truck. One of the responding MVPD officer saw a similar white SUV headed north on Hwy 101 and started following it while waiting for backup units to arrive. Palo Alto PD officers arrived shortly thereafter, and officers tried to pull the car over near Highway 101 and Willow Road. But, the driver of the car refused to pull over and tried to drive away from the officers.

A pursuit ensued, which went through the city of Menlo Park. Near Alma and Willow roads, one of the passengers jumped out of the car and ran into the nearby creek area. The suspect vehicle drove a short distance further and stopped in the 100 block San Mateo Dr. in Menlo Park. The driver and passenger tried to also run away, but were quickly caught.

Police set up a perimeter around the creek area where the first passenger fled. Officers from Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, East Palo Alto, and Stanford DPS helped with the perimeter and search for the suspect. Although the area was searched extensively by officers and K9 units, the suspect was not found. He is described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and black and white tennis shoes. Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call Mountain View Det. Alex Beraha at 650-903-6344.

The driver and passenger detained near the 100 block of San Mateo Drive were both arrested for robbery. Both are juveniles, so we will not be releasing further information about them at this time. We want to acknowledge and thank the Menlo Park, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Los Altos police departments and Stanford DPS for their quick response and assistance Sunday night.


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