Woman fights off purse snatcher downtown Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Dec 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm
A woman walking near downtown early Sunday morning thwarted a robbery attempt and was able to keep her purse despite her attacker punching her in the face several times before fleeing empty-handed, according to Palo Alto police.
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Posted by Quantum Bread, a resident of the Palo Alto Orchards neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2012 at 12:55 pm Quantum Bread is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
Sounds like victim has good survival instincts! Screaming while actively defending herself buys time for citizenry to come to her aide. Another take-away: bystanders should be prepared to quickly help out by perhaps defending victim, "sound off" (he went that-a-way), so mugger can't easily slip away, call 911, take videos. Unfortunately, assailant wasn't apprehended immediately but glad she should heal up quickly.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Dec 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm Hmmm is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
Why was some-chick's good comment removed? It's flat out stupid to walk around alone in the middle of the night wearing earphones. It's pretty hard to stay safe when you block your own sense - & look what happened. The bad guys look for people like her to rob.
Posted by Some Chick, a resident of Woodside, on Dec 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm Some Chick is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
Hmmm ... thanks I wondered the same.
Perhaps it seemed that I was blaming the victim; I wasn't. I was just amazed that anyone would be walking alone at that hour without being able to hear their surroundings. Especially considering the alarming increase in these kind of attacks in Palo Alto.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Dec 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm Hmmm is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
Yep, exactly, Some Chick. We all have to try to make ourselves less likely targets, espec during the holidays - that is, if we don't want to get into a fight w/some thug. Of course it's not her fault. We have to reframe that whole line of thinking so we focus on doing whatever we can to stay safe. I'm really glad that her fighting back worked well for her & I hope that this idiot gets caught.
Posted by Pearl, a resident of Menlo Park, on Dec 3, 2012 at 10:12 pm Pearl is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
WHY do women continue to walk the streets LATE AT NIGHT? ALONE? With headphones covering BOTH EARS, no less? We have been warned time and time and time again, NOT to WALK ALONE during dusk, evening and dawn hours! How many more women are going to have to be robbed, beaten, assaulted, etc., before they learn NOT to walk ALONE when no one else (except the bad guys) is around?! [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]