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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 0903201501
Subject :

Police Arrest Man for Attempted Robbery
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Police arrested a suspect after he tried to take a duffle bag from a man in an apartment complex parking lot and then fought with officers who tried to subdue him.

On Friday, August 21, 2015, at about 10:04 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of an attempted robbery in progress at an apartment complex parking lot in the 1000 block of Middlefield Road.  As officers responded, the reporting party said that the suspect and victim were physically fighting.

Officers arrived on scene within a minute to find the suspect struggling with the victim (a male in his twenties) and a male neighbor who had come to help the victim.  When officers intervened to detain the suspect, the suspect began fighting with them.  It eventually took five officers to subdue and arrest him.  As a result of the struggle, the suspect sustained minor scrapes and abrasions to his elbows, hands, face, and back.  One officer sustained a laceration to an elbow and abrasions to their knees, and another officer complained of pain to both knees.  Neither officer required medical attention.  The victim was not injured.  Police transported the suspect to a local hospital for medical treatment.

The investigation revealed that the victim had walked into the parking lot of the complex while holding a duffle bag.  The suspect approached the victim on foot, began yelling at him, and tried to take the bag.  The victim tried to hold onto the bag, and the physical struggle ensued.  The victim's girlfriend, who was also present, called 9-1-1.

Police booked 21-year-old Palo Alto resident Sebastian Garcia-Bankowski into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for attempted robbery and resisting arrest with injuries to officers (both felonies).  A booking photo of the suspect is attached to this release.

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