Jogger locates stolen vehicle at Stanford; suspect still at large

This artist’s sketch shows a man suspected of stealing a pickup truck from man who was getting gas at a Palo Alto gas station on Sunday in the middle of the day. The carjacking occurred at the Shell Station at 1161 Embarcadero Road. The victim described the suspect as a “chubby” Hispanic male in his 20s, wearing a dark-colored T-shirt and dark jeans.

A vehicle stolen Sunday from a man who was refueling his pick-up truck in Palo Alto was found on the Stanford University campus parked, unoccupied and undamaged, police said.

A vigilant jogger noticed the pick-up truck near Bing Concert Hall and called police about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to Police Capt. Zach Perron.

Perron said the jogger had seen the message police posted on the social media website,, and recognized the vehicle parked in a handicapped parking spot. The vehicle is a 2012 Dodge Ram pick-up truck with a white and blue removable magnetic door seal on the passenger door.

“We towed it back to our station to process it for evidence and then released it back to the victim,” Perron said.

Police do not know when the vehicle was left there but are hoping evidence from the vehicle will lead them to the suspect, Perron said.

The victim, a man in his 40s, describes the suspect as a “chubby” Hispanic man in his 20s who wore a dark-colored T-shirt and dark jeans.

The man was pumping gas about 11:50 a.m. on Sunday at the Shell station at 1161 Embarcadero Road when the suspect approached and shouted “Give me the car!”

The man had his right hand behind his back, as if he was armed with a weapon, police described in the news release.

As the victim backed away, the man took off in the truck, tearing the gas nozzle and hose from the pump. Police later found the nozzle and hose on Embarcadero Road at Middlefield Road.

The victim was not injured, according to police.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the city’s 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.

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