Women robbed of purses at Stanford Shopping Center

PALO ALTO – Officers were investigating the armed robbery of two women Tuesday at the Stanford Shopping Center, police said.

The victims, a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 80s, were dining together at True Food Kitchen at about 2:45 p.m. when a man approached them, displayed a black handgun and demanded their purses, the Palo Alto Police Department said in a news release.

Police said the victims handed over their purses and heard the suspect’s gun make a “pop” or “click” noise.

“As other witnesses reported seeing an orange color on the gun (including possibly at its tip), police believe it is possible the weapon was a replica handgun,” police said.

Police did not find a projectile or damage from a projectile at the scene. No injuries were reported.