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


Subject :

Strong-Arm Robbery Occurs Downtown; Police Arrest Two Suspects
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Police arrested two 16-year-old males for strong-arm robbery after they knocked a pedestrian to the ground, punched him, and stole his belongings in downtown Palo Alto last night.  A third suspect fled and remains at large.

On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at about 11:43 p.m., a man came to the front door of the police station and reported he had just been robbed by three suspects in the 400 block of Hamilton Avenue.  Officers responded to the area immediately, but were unable to locate the suspects.  Personnel in our 24-hour dispatch center notified surrounding agencies about the crime and relayed the descriptions of the suspects.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a man in his thirties, had been walking westbound in the 400 block of Hamilton Avenue when an unknown suspect jumped onto his back and knocked him to the ground.  A total of three suspects then surrounded him, punched him in the face, and may have kicked him as well.  One suspect demanded his property and threatened to stab him, although the victim never saw a knife.  The victim complied with the demand and surrendered credit cards and his cell phone.  The suspects left on foot, walking eastbound on Hamilton Avenue.  The victim immediately ran to the police department to report what had happened.

At about 12:20 a.m., an officer from the Menlo Park Police Department who had heard the earlier radio broadcast of the robbery found three people matching the suspect descriptions at the intersection of Manhattan Avenue and O'Connor Street in East Palo Alto.  When the officer went to stop them, one of them fled on foot.  The officer safely detained the other two.  Despite an extensive area search, the third suspect eluded capture.

Police located the victim’s property in the possession of the two suspects, and placed them under arrest for strong-arm robbery.  Officers did not locate a knife on either suspect.  Police took the suspects, both 16-year-old males from East Palo Alto, to the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.  The Palo Alto Police Department does not release booking photographs of juveniles, nor do we identify them by name.  No additional information on the two arrested suspects is available for release.

The victim described the outstanding suspect as a black male, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a medium build.  The victim said he was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.

The victim sustained minor injuries to his face and one of his feet.  He did not require medical attention.

Detectives do not believe these two suspects are connected to any other robberies in Palo Alto, including the strong-arm robbery that occurred on September 28 in the 500 block of Middlefield Road.  Anyone with information about this robbery can contact 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.