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


Subject :

Woman Robbed Of Purse In Parking Lot
Contact : Agt. Rich Bullerjahn, Palo Alto Police Department    650-329-2274
Detective Madrigal, Palo Alto Police Department    650-329-2558

Palo Alto, CA - On February 4, 2009, at about 9:30 p.m., Palo Alto police responded to a 9-1-1 call from a female victim who said she was just robbed of her purse. The victim said she was walking through the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot located at 600 Quarry Road when she was approached from behind by an Hispanic female suspect who attempted to push the victim to the ground. The victim turned towards the suspect who began punching the victim in the face several times while attempting to pull the victim's purse from her shoulder. The suspect fled with the victim's purse, heading south across Quarry Road and into the Stanford tree groves.

The suspect is described as an Hispanic female, approximately 25 years old, 5'6" tall and 200 pounds with medium length brown hair. The suspect was wearing a navy blue sweater and dark-colored, tight-fitting pants. The victim sustained injuries including small lacerations to her mouth and cheek, and bruising and swelling. The victim was transported to Stanford Hospital for medical treatment and released.

The victim was later able to describe the suspect to a sketch artist. Click on this LINK to view the sketch. Any persons with information on this robbery are asked to contact Detective Madrigal, Palo Alto Police Department, at 650-329-2558.