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


Subject :

Police Seek Man Who Punches, Robs Woman Walking Her Baby
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – A man approached a woman pushing her infant in a stroller, punched her in the head, and took her purse.  The suspect fled on foot and is at large; the victim sustained minor injuries and her child was unharmed.

On Sunday, September 20, 2015, at about 6:39 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a number of calls of a strong-arm robbery that had just occurred in the 3100 block of Middlefield Road, just north of Loma Verde Avenue.  Officers responded to the area immediately, but the suspect was gone.  An area search did not turn up the suspect.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a woman in her thirties, had been pushing her infant in a stroller northbound on the east sidewalk of Middlefield Road.  When her infant started crying, she stopped and began attending to the baby.  She then felt a tug on her shouldered purse.  As she realized what was happening, the suspect punched her in the side of the head, ripped the purse from her shoulder, and ran away.  The victim sustained an abrasion to her ear and redness to the side of her head, but declined medical attention at the scene.  Her baby was not harmed.

Multiple witnesses saw either the assault or the immediate aftermath, and two people followed the suspect as he ran eastbound on Loma Verde Avenue from Middlefield Road before they lost sight of him.  The witnesses described the suspect as a Hispanic male in his twenties with a stocky build, about 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall.  The suspect may have had a full beard.  He was wearing a black sweatshirt with the hood pulled up over a baseball hat, and also was wearing jeans.  The suspect sketch was added to this news release on September 21 at about 8:50 p.m.

Detectives are actively investigating the case.  There have been no robberies committed in Palo Alto recently by a suspect with a similar description.

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