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


Subject :

Suspect Arrested in Last Week's Bank Robbery
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA - The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office has arrested the woman suspected of robbing the Star One Credit Union in Palo Alto last week.

Personnel from the Sheriff's Office arrested the suspect, 27-year-old Mary Alailupe Mapa, at her home in East Palo Alto on Thursday, August 4.  Today, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office charged her in conjunction with the August 2 Palo Alto robbery.  In the aftermath of our case, detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department worked collaboratively with their counterparts from numerous allied law enforcement agencies (including the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety) and were able to connect Mapa to our robbery.

To view the original news release about our robbery, click here.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Mapa has been identified as the suspect in at least nine different bank robberies throughout the greater Bay Area.  She is not suspected in any additional Palo Alto robberies.

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