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


Subject :

Woman Robbed in Front of Her Home
Contact : Palo Alto Police Dept. Public Information Officers, Palo Alto Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- On Saturday, December 11, 2010, A woman was robbed of her purse in front of her home in the 900 block of El Cajon Way at at 7:04 PM.

The female victim, who is in her 40's, was returning home and parked her car in her driveway. When the woman exited her vehicle, she saw the suspect jogging down the sidewalk in her direction. As the woman approached her front door, she heard footsteps behind her. She then turned around and saw the suspect walking up to her. The suspect grabbed the victim’s shoulders, and she began screaming for help. The suspect took the victim’s purse and ran away towards the street.

The suspect was last seen getting into a dark-colored, 4-door, sedan. The vehicle did not have its lights on, and quickly sped away when the suspect got in.

The suspect was described as a black male adult with very short hair, 25-45 years old, about 6 feet tall, with a medium build. The suspect was wearing a black T-shirt and dark-colored pants.

The Palo Alto Police Department is actively investigating this crime. This incident may or may not be connected to other recent robberies in the area. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Police Department at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to, or anonymous voicemails and text messages can be sent to 650-383-8984. There will be no further information released about this incident at this time, as it is actively under investigation.

The Police Department would like to caution the public to be aware of their surroundings, especially when out after dark. Avoid situations where a robber may strike. Try to stay in well-lit, populated areas, and try not to walk alone. While circumstances will vary and every person will have to make their own decision on how to respond to a unique situation, it is generally safer to comply with a robber’s demands. Remember it is not worth it to be harmed over property, which can always be replaced.