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


Subject :

Three Suspects At Large After Robbing Pedestrian
Contact : Janine De la Vega, Public Affairs Manager    650-329-2413

Palo Alto, CA – A man was robbed on University Avenue near the transit station by three males last night. During the encounter, they attempted to kick the victim. All three ran away and are at large.

On Monday, January 14, 2019, our 24-hour dispatch center received a report of a strong arm robbery that had occurred at 6:30 p.m. The investigation revealed the male victim in his thirties had been walking east in the 00 block of University Avenue towards the transit station when he noticed he was being followed by three young men. The victim stopped to check his email on his phone and let them pass. When he looked up, the three suspects were blocking the sidewalk. One of the suspects slapped the victim’s phone out of his hand, while another attempted to kick him. They grabbed his phone off the ground and ran up the pedestrian ramp towards the northbound train platform. The victim ran after the suspects and searched inside a waiting train, but did not locate the suspects.

The victim describes the suspect who attempted to kick him as being a Hispanic juvenile male, between the age of 15 to 18 years old. He is 5 feet 10 inches, weighing 170 pounds and has a thin build. He has black hair, dark eyes, and a light mustache and was wearing a black shirt and gray pants. The suspect also has a piercing on his right ear. The victim described the second suspect as being a male juvenile of an unknown race, between the age of 16 to 18 years old. He is 5 feet 7 inches tall and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and dark baggy pants. The victim described the third suspect as also being a male juvenile of an unknown race, between the age of 16 to 18 years old, and being 5 feet 7 inches tall as well.A sketch of the primary suspect who attempted to kick the victim is attached to this news release.

Our detectives are investigating this robbery. It does not appear to be related to the strong arm robbery that occurred on November 23, 2018 on a bike path near the railroad tracks close to Churchill Avenue and the University Avenue transit station. That case is still under investigation and no suspects have been identified. The news release can be found here.

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