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


PRESS RELEASE 11/06/2008
Subject :

Strong-arm Robbery in South Palo Alto
Contact : Agent Dan Ryan    408-406-1330
Palo Alto, CA - Palo Alto police responded to the report of a strong-arm robbery in the 3300 block of Middlefield Avenue at approximately 2:30 p.m., Thursday, November 6, 2008.

A brown-skinned male in his twenties approached a lone woman from behind, knocked her to the ground and grabbed her purse. He ran to Ames Avenue, entered a medium-sized white sedan, and drove away north on Middlefield Road. 

The man was described as either Hispanic or African-American, wearing a black jacket with a gold design and jeans. He is 5'7" or 5’8” tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds. He wore a cap with a short brim (not a ballcap), and had gold-colored metal on his front teeth. His vehicle was described as an older, medium-sized white sedan with four doors, possibly with "5” as the first digit on the license plate. No weapon was seen.

Any witnesses are asked to call immediately to 650-329-2413. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call 650-329-2190.