News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Police Seek Witnesses to Strong-Arm Robbery
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Police are seeking witnesses to a strong-arm robbery that occurred last week in a parking lot of the Town & Country Shopping Center in Palo Alto.  There were no injuries to the victim and the two suspects remain at large.

On Friday, June 13, 2014, at about 8:04 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call asking us to check on the well-being of a person who uses a wheelchair sleeping in the parking lot of the Town & Country Shopping Center at 855 El Camino Real.  Officers and personnel from the Palo Alto Fire Department responded and determined the man, who is in his sixties and who does not speak, was in no medical distress.

While interacting with the man and communicating in writing, officers learned that he had been the victim of a strong-arm robbery in the northeast parking lot of the shopping center on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, between 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.  The victim reported that two men approached him and began speaking to him.  After several minutes, one of the men asked the victim if he had any money.  After the victim nodded, that suspect began reaching into the victim's pockets and eventually removed the victim’s wallet.  The two men then walked away.

The victim described both suspects as black male adults in their mid-thirties.  The primary suspect was about six feet tall and 200 pounds with a medium build.  He was clean shaven.  He was wearing a blue t-shirt with the word "Security" written across the front in all capital letters, and black pants.  The victim reported the other man was five feet five inches tall or shorter, between 170 and 200 pounds, with a heavy build.  He had short blonde hair.  He was wearing a yellow long-sleeved shirt with the word “Pacific” written across the front, and brown shorts.  The suspects were on foot and had no known associated vehicle.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed this incident contact our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.