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


Subject :

Suspect Robs Pedestrian of Necklace
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- A man committed a street robbery earlier this evening, ripping a gold necklace off of a female pedestrian while pushing her to the ground.  The suspect fled on foot and remains at large.  The victim received an abrasion to her neck.

On January 1, 2015, at about 6:15 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of a robbery that had occurred about ten minutes earlier in the 4000 block of Wilkie Way, just north of the intersection at West Meadow Drive.  Officers responded to the area immediately, but were not able to locate the suspect.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a woman in her forties, had been walking northbound on the east sidewalk of the 4000 block of Wilkie Way.  The suspect ran up behind her, grabbed her around the neck, ripped her gold necklace off, and pushed her to the ground.  He never said anything to her, and the victim did not see a weapon.  He ran away northbound on Wilkie Way towards Maclane Street.  The victim called police from her cell phone a short time later.  The victim received an abrasion on her neck caused by the removal of the chain, but did not require medical attention.

The victim described the suspect as an unknown race male with a muscular build, about 5 feet 8 inches tall.  He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.  The victim could not describe the suspect further, and no sketch of the suspect will be forthcoming.

Detectives are actively investigating this incident.  There have been no similar crimes committed in Palo Alto.  For a wealth of crime prevention tips, including a section on personal safety, please visit

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 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