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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Strong-Arm Robbery Occurs on Middlefield Road
Contact : Lieutenant Zach Perron, Police Department    650-329-2413
March 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Palo Alto, CA -- A strong-arm street robbery occurred last night in the Midtown neighborhood of Palo Alto, with the suspect absconding with the victim's purse.

On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at about 9:40 PM, the victim, a woman in her fifties, was walking northbound on the east sidewalk of the 2400 block of Middlefield Road, which is just south of Oregon Expressway. The suspect approached the victim from behind and grabbed her purse. She tried to pull it back from him, but was unable to keep him from getting it. The suspect ran north on the sidewalk and got into the passenger side of a vehicle waiting in a traffic lane on Middlefield Road. The victim last saw the vehicle speeding off eastbound on Oregon Expressway. The victim complained of pain to her elbow and back, but did not require medical attention at the scene.

The victim described the suspect as a male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing dark clothing and a dark knit wool skullcap. She could not provide the suspect’s race or age.The victim described the vehicle as being small and dark-colored.

The victim’s purse contained miscellaneous personal property. At the time of the robbery, the victim had been walking home after shopping at 7-Eleven at 708 Colorado Avenue and Walgreens at 2605 Middlefield Road. Officers are conducting follow-up investigation.

Police suggest that people remain aware of their surroundings when out for walks, and report suspicious behavior immediately to 9-1-1. We ask that anyone having information

about this robbery contact our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message to 650-383-8984.