Police Arrest Two Suspects Following Street Robbery

Published on August 08, 2022

Palo Alto, CA Police arrested two suspects in Redwood City yesterday after one of them robbed a pedestrian of a necklace and her cell phone.  The victim sustained minor physical injuries, and police booked both suspects into jail.

On Sunday, August 7, 2022, at about 11:38 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a woman in her fifties reporting she had just been robbed in the 300 block of Manzanita Avenue.  Officers responded immediately but could not locate any suspects.

The investigation revealed that the victim had been walking eastbound on the south sidewalk of the 300 block of Manzanita Avenue.  She said hello to a male pedestrian as he approached her walking westbound, but he suddenly ripped the necklace off her neck and shoved her to the ground.  When the victim took out her cell phone and told the suspect she was going to photograph him, he walked back towards her again.  She threw her phone onto a nearby yard.  The suspect retrieved the phone and fled westbound on Manzanita Avenue on foot.  The victim returned to her home nearby and immediately called the police.  The victim reported minor injuries to one ankle and shin but declined medical attention.

The course of the investigation led police to the 00 block of Redwood Avenue in Redwood City.  At about 1:16 p.m., a Palo Alto officer located two men in a vehicle parked at that location.  One of the men matched the description of the robbery suspect.  When a second Palo Alto officer arrived to assist, they attempted to detain the suspect but he fled on foot.  The second man with him walked away.  Officers chose to chase the robbery suspect.  Police then learned that the vehicle, a silver 2017 Volkswagen Golf, had been reported stolen the day before to the Berkeley Police Department.

Officers chased the robbery suspect and were able to arrest him without further incident a short time later in the 00 block of Oak Avenue.  Meanwhile, the second man chose to return to the stolen vehicle, and police detained him without incident.  Officers located the victim’s stolen cell phone inside the second man’s pocket.

Police booked the robbery suspect, 28-year-old Walter Randall Stokes of Oakland, into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for robbery (a felony), possession of stolen property (also a felony, for possession of the stolen vehicle as officers had seen him in the driver’s seat and he had personal belongings inside of it as well), and resisting arrest (a misdemeanor, for running from a lawful detention).  The suspect is on parole for a prior robbery conviction.  Police also booked him for a parole violation (a felony) after contacting the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  He is also on probation out of Alameda County for a prior conviction of grand theft from person.

Police booked the second man, 24-year-old Melvin Caldwell King of Antioch, into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for possession of stolen property (a felony, for being in possession of the victim’s stolen phone), accessory to a felony (a felony, for aiding the robbery suspect in concealing the stolen phone), and an outstanding infraction warrant for fare evasion from the San Bruno Police Department.

Booking photos of both suspects are available above.

Police were not able to locate the victim’s stolen necklace, which was costume jewelry worth less than $50.  Police returned the stolen vehicle to its owner after processing it for evidence.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to (650) 383-8984.

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