A woman was thrown to the ground and robbed of her purse in downtown Palo Alto Wednesday evening, Feb. 13, and the robber is still at large, police have announced.
The victim was walking north in the 300 block of Bryant Street -- between Lytton and Everett avenues -- at about 7:40 p.m. when a thin, young, black man approached her and threw her forcibly to the ground, according to Det. Sgt. Brian Philip.
The robber demanded that the woman, who was in her 50s, give him her purse. She screamed, and he pulled on the purse until she let go. He ran to a waiting black vehicle that had been parked up the block, and the car took off northbound on Bryant.
A resident on the block called 9-1-1. Police officers responded but were unable to locate the robber or the vehicle.
The robber was not armed, nor did he punch or strike the woman during the robbery, police stated in a press release.
The woman had a bloody nose and bruised arm and was treated at the scene by the Palo Alto Fire Department.
The woman described the robber as being in his twenties and wearing dark clothing and possibly a thin jacket.
Detectives are actively investigating the incident, including any possible connection to the armed robbery of a man and woman walking in the 300 block of Ramona Street on the evening of Jan. 22 and the armed robbery of a man in a carport in the 1000 block of Tanland Drive last Saturday morning, Feb. 9. The robbers in those cases were described similarly.
Police are recommending that people remain aware of their surroundings when out for walks and report suspicious behavior immediately by calling 9-1-1.
Police are asking that anyone who may have information about this crime call 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.