A 17-year-old girl who police said punched a woman from behind and stole her purse on Waverley Street on Saturday night was arrested seconds later a block away from the crime.
At the same time, a patrol officer who was driving on Waverley Street saw the victim chasing the girl and screaming, "She stole my purse!" The office detained the purse-snatcher a block away without incident and recovered the woman's purse, all of its contents intact.
Police aren't releasing the girl's name because she is as juvenile. She was taken to to the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.
The victim suffered minor scratches to her face and knees. She was treated by the Palo Alto Fire Department and released at the scene.
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