Wells Fargo on Santa Cruz Robbed

Menlo Park Fire investigators say the suspected get-away car was set on fire.

A car that may have been used in a robbery in Menlo Park Friday afternoon was intentionally set on fire, said Ron Keefer, Menlo Park Fire Investigator.   

Firefighters responded to reports that a two-story apartment complex in the 700 block of Roble Avenue was on fire at about 1:30 p.m.  When they arrived, they found the passenger's side seat of a Honda Accord on fire.  It was parked in the complex's parking garage.  Residents were evacuated immediately, said Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman. 

"We understand that the vehicle was stolen and may have been used in a local crime," Schapelhouman said.  

Earlier in the day, the was held up by a bandana-clad individual said Menlo Park resident Kent Fields, who was using the ATM when the FBI was called. 

He noted that four Menlo Park Police cars were parked behind the bank.  

Wells Fargo employees have declined to comment on the situation, saying only that the branch is closed and that the ATM machines outside of the store are still open.

Menlo Park Police have not yet responded to inquiries.

Patch will share more information with you as it becomes available.

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Vanessa Castañeda September 15, 2012 at 12:52 AM
UPDATE: Menlo Park Police just confirmed that the bank was robbed this afternoon. Police have connected the burnt car to the one that was used in the robbery. Witnesses at the scene told police they saw the same late 90's model Honda Accord flee Wells Fargo. "Additional witnesses on Roble Avenue reported seeing a subject matching the description of the bank robbery suspect get into the trunk of a vehicle parked next to where the stolen vehicle was parked just prior to catching fire," said a Menlo Park Police Spokesperson. "That vehicle, described as a white sedan, fled the scene prior to police arrival and is currently outstanding." No one was injured in the arson or the robbery. The bank robber is described as a black male adult, about six feet tall and 225 pounds. He was wearing a black t-shirt over a red long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, white shoes, and a baseball hat. The mask concealing his face at the time of the robbery was blue, police said. The Menlo Park Police are asking anyone with information to call detectives at 650.330.6300.


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