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


Subject :

Two Women Robbed at Knifepoint
Contact : Agent Dan Ryan, Palo Alto Police Department    408-406-1330
Police Tip Line    650-329-2190
Palo Alto, CA - Police responded to two separate attacks over two days, where women were robbed of their purses at knifepoint.

On Thursday afternoon, June 19, 2008, at approximately 2:30 p.m., a woman leaving the Lucie Stern Community Center was accosted from behind by a male suspect who brandished a knife and demanded the victim’s purse. After obtaining the purse, the suspect fled to a parked car and sped west bound on Kellogg Avenue from Middlefield Road.  

The suspect was described as a black male adult, approximately 25 years old, 5 foot 11 inches tall and weighing 185 pounds. He had short hair and a goatee and was wearing a light colored tee shirt and blue-jeans. The vehicle was described as a black Ford Focus four-door sedan, with no license plate displayed.

On Friday night, June 20, 2008, a second woman was accosted as she walked in the 400 block of Hamilton Avenue, at approximately 10:50 p.m. The victim saw a man approach and pass her walking in the opposite direction. Once they passed each other, the man grabbed her from behind, held an object to her neck and demanded her purse. After obtaining the purse, the man ran east bound to Cowper Street and turned south bound. No vehicle was seen. The suspect was described as a black male adult, in his twenties, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing 170 pounds, he had short hair and was described as clean-shaven. He wore a white tee shirt and long black shorts.

Police have increased patrols in the downtown areas in response to these two incidents. As always, we remind pedestrians to walk in pairs or groups, to always be aware of their surroundings, and to avoid deserted streets, particularly, in the later evening.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call our Tip-Line at 650-329-2190.