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


PRESS RELEASE 09/23/2007
Subject :

Woman Assaulted and Robbed of a Purse
Contact : Agent Rich Bullerjahn, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- On September 23, 2007 at about 12:40 AM, a woman was assaulted and robbed of her purse at the corner of Forest Avenue and Gilman Street. The suspect is still at large.

A female who was waiting for a friend at the corner of Gilman St. and Forest Ave. was robbed of the purse she was carrying. The suspect came up from behind the victim, punched her in the face and demanded her purse. The suspect punched the victim a second time in the face and was able to wrestle the purse from the victim. The suspect was last seen running East on Forest Ave.

The suspect is described as a Black male, 25 years old, 5’10" tall and 180lbs. The suspect was wearing a black knit skull cap, a black hooded sweatshirt and baggy blue jean shorts.

Palo Alto police searched the area and stopped several similar subjects, but none were identified as the suspect. The victim sustained only minor injuries and was not hospitalized. 

If anyone saw an individual in the area around the time of the robbery who matches the description, or has information about the crime, please call the Palo Alto Police department at (650) 329-2406.