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


Subject :

Police Arrest Pair for Downtown Street Robbery
Contact : Marco Estrada, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Amaral Booking PhotographCrooks Booking Photograph
Palo Alto, CA – Police arrested two men early Saturday morning in connection with a downtown street robbery. 

On Saturday, November 21, 2015 at about 2:42 a.m. our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a man reporting that two men had just robbed him near the intersection of University Avenue and Bryant Street.  Officers responded to the area immediately.  Two men who matched the suspect descriptions were detained without incident on the 300 block of University Avenue.

The investigation revealed that, at about 2:35 a.m., the victim, a male in his twenties, had been seated on a bench near the intersection of University Avenue and Bryant Street when a group of four male subjects approached him.  After a brief conversation, one of the males demanded the victim's hat.  When the victim refused, the suspect struck the victim in the face and head multiple times and took his hat.  A second male suspect also struck the victim in the face and knocked him to the ground, before taking the victim’s cellular telephone.  The two suspects, along with the two other males who did not participate in the robbery, fled eastbound on the 300 block of University Avenue, where they were detained by police minutes later. 

The victim sustained minor injuries that did not require immediate medical treatment.  The stolen hat and telephone were found in the suspects’ possession and returned to the victim.

Police booked 21-year-old Jeffery Martin Amaral of Santa Clara and 21-year-old Durell Claudel Crooks of Menlo Park into the Santa Clara County Main Jail, each for one felony count of robbery.  Booking photographs of Amaral and Crooks are attached to this release.    

Anyone with information about these incidents 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