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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Police Seek Witnesses for Downtown Battery Investigation
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Police are asking for the public's help with the investigation of a battery that occurred in downtown Palo Alto last Thursday night.  The victim sustained minor injuries and the suspect is at large.

On Thursday, July 17, 2014, at about 10:10 p.m., the victim and a witness arrived at the police station to report a battery that had occurred about 30 minutes earlier in downtown Palo Alto.  Police checked the area for the suspect but were not able to locate him.

The victim, a man in his forties, reported that he had been walking southbound on the west side of Cowper Street, crossing University Avenue in the crosswalk, at about 9:40 p.m.  The next thing he remembered, he was on the ground and had lost consciousness for a couple of a seconds.  The witness who accompanied the victim to the station (and who had no relation to the victim) reported that they had seen a man walking northbound in the same crosswalk.  As the suspect passed the victim, the suspect punched the victim once in the side of his head, causing the victim to fall to the ground.  The suspect immediately ran away eastbound on University Avenue.  The witness went to the victim’s aid.

The victim received minor injuries to his nose and lip.  Personnel from the Palo Alto Fire Department treated him at the police station and released him.

The witness described the suspect as a black or Hispanic male between 20 and 30 years of age, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 160 pounds, with a dark complexion and dark hair.  The suspect was wearing a gray or white long-sleeved shirt and knee-length patterned shorts.  No sketch of the suspect will be forthcoming at this point.

Detectives are investigating this incident.  There is no known motive for this battery.  There have been no similar cases reported in Palo Alto.  Police are hopeful that other witnesses may come forward to assist with the investigation.

Police are asking that anyone who may have witnessed this crime to call 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.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or