East Palo Alto police say man pistol-whipped, shot trying to buy Craigslist car
Bay City News Service
Posted: 02/18/2009 06:41:07 AM PST
An East Bay man was robbed, pistol-whipped and shot in East Palo Alto Tuesday evening when he showed up to buy a vehicle advertised on Craigslist, according to police.
Officers responded to a local emergency room at about 6:50 p.m. where Alex Garcia, 22, was being treated for a gunshot wound, according to the East Palo Alto Police Department.
Garcia told police he went to the 1700 block of East Bayshore Road after arranging to purchase a vehicle through the Web site Craigslist. He contacted the suspect in a parking lot and then was told to go to another location at 1830 W. Bayshore Road.
Police reported that while Garcia was checking out the vehicle "for sale," three suspects with handguns confronted him and demanded $1,300 cash he had for the vehicle he thought he was going to buy.
A fight broke out, during which Garcia was pistol-whipped several times and wounded when a gunshot grazed his head, according to police.
Garcia told police he managed to get back to his vehicle and transport himself to an emergency room where he was treated for injuries that were not life threatening.
The suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction, according to detectives.
Any witnesses to the robbery or anyone with information is asked to contact East Palo Alto Police Department Detective David Carson at (650) 853-5957 or East Palo Alto Police Dispatch at (650) 321-1112. Information can also be communicated anonymously on the East Palo Alto Tip Line at (650) 853-8477.