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Woman tailgated, robbed at knifepoint

A man forced a woman off the road in Los Altos Hills and robbed her at knifepoint last week, absconding with $1,200 in cash and an iPad.

According to a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, a man driving a red car, possibly a two-door Acura, tailgated the woman’s car on Miranda Road near Wild Plum Way. At approximately 2:18 p.m. March 21, the suspect motioned for the woman to pull over, alleging that their cars had collided.

Once they stepped out of their cars, the suspect pulled a 6-inch knife on the woman and demanded that she hand over her valuables. The woman, in her early 20s, offered her purse. The man then took cash and her iPad and fled.

The woman, a Los Altos Hills resident, wasn’t injured, according to Capt. Ken Binder.

“It was interesting that he happened to pull her over on the day she had the cash,” Binder said, noting that detectives do not believe he had cased her residence or followed her beforehand.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, possibly in his 30s, with a light-to-medium complexion and a goatee. He reportedly had a slight Hispanic accent, Binder said. He was wearing a gray sweatshirt at the time of the robbery.

Binder, who said this type of incident is rare in Los Altos Hills, warned that if someone tries to flag you down, “use caution.”

“Do not pull over in a desolate or isolated place,” he said. “Make sure it’s a well-populated and well-lit area, like a gas station or police station.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department at (408) 868-6600.

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