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


PRESS RELEASE 0824201302
Subject :

Suspect Robs Bank in Downtown Palo Alto
Contact : Kara Apple, Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- A suspect entered Chase Bank in downtown Palo Alto late on Friday afternoon and robbed the business of an undisclosed amount of cash.

On Friday, August 23, 2013, at about 5:42 p.m, our 24-hour dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call from Chase Bank at 300 Hamilton Avenue reporting the business had just been robbed.  Officers arrived on scene within a minute, but were unable to locate the suspect.  No one was injured during the robbery.

The investigation revealed that the suspect entered the bank and presented a note to a teller demanding money.  The note claimed the suspect had a firearm, though one was never seen.  The teller complied with the demand.  The suspect left the bank on foot, and was last seen walking out the door onto Bryant Street.  No suspect vehicles were seen.

Witnesses described the suspect as either a male or female of unknown race and unknown age.  They said the suspect was about 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighed 160 pounds, and had waist-length brown hair that they described as "frayed" and “frizzy.”  They said the suspect was wearing a black top, khaki pants, and a black baseball hat.  The suspect was carrying a black backpack.  No Chase Bank surveillance photos of the suspect are available for release at this time.  It is possible that witnesses may be able to work with a police sketch artist to produce a sketch; if that occurs, the sketch will be released separately as soon as it is available.

Detectives are actively investigating this robbery.  Anyone who recognizes the suspect or who may have information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.