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


Subject :

Man Stabbed with Screwdriver in Fight in Downtown Parking Garage
Contact : Marco Estrada, Agent, Police    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- A man walking through a downtown parking garage was accosted by a group of males making racial comments, one of whom stabbed him in the leg with a screwdriver causing a moderate injury.  The suspects fled and are at large. 

On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at about 9:00 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from personnel at a local hospital, reporting that they were treating a patient for a stab wound sustained an hour earlier in downtown Palo Alto.

The investigation revealed that at about 7:45 p.m., the victim, a Hispanic adult male in his teens, was walking to his vehicle on the first floor of the City Parking Garage "S," located at 445 Bryant Street.  As he approached his vehicle, three men loitering nearby began to make disparaging remarks about his ethnicity.  After a brief verbal exchange, the victim walked past the men to get to his vehicle.  As he did so, one of the men attacked him from behind.  A struggle ensued, during which a second man stabbed the victim in the thigh with a screwdriver.  The three men, all of whom were not known to the victim, fled on foot.  The victim drove himself to a local hospital.

The victim was treated and released for a moderate puncture wound to his thigh.

The victim described the suspect who stabbed him as a bearded white male in his mid-twenties with a thin build.  The second suspect was described as a thin, clean-shaven white male in his mid-twenties wearing a black t-shirt and peach colored shorts.  The third suspect was described as a thin, clean-shaven white male in his mid-twenties wearing a Stanford cap.  Sketches of two of the suspects are attached to this release.  Investigators are treating this case as a hate crime investigation, based on the racial comments made by the suspects.  No similar cases with similar suspects have occurred recently in Palo Alto.

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