A downtown Palo Alto robbery in which a man was allegedly hit multiple times resulted in the arrest of two men Saturday morning, police announced Sunday.
Police booked 21-year-old Jeffery Martin Amaral of Santa Clara and 21-year-old Durell Claudel Crooks of Menlo Park on one felony count of robbery each.
At about 2:35 a.m. on Nov. 21, a man in his 20s was sitting on a bench near University Avenue and Bryant Street when four men approached him, according to a police press release.
After a brief conversation, either Amaral or Crooks allegedly demanded the young man's hat. When the victim refused, one of the men allegedly struck him in the face and head multiple times and took his hat. The second man also struck him in the face and knocked him to the ground before taking his cell phone, the police stated.
Amaral and Crooks, along with the other two males, headed east on University, and they were detained by police minutes later in the 300 block.
The victim's injuries were minor and did not require immediate medical treatment, the police stated. The man's hat and telephone were found in Amaral's and Crooks' possession and returned.
Police are asking that anyone with information about these incidents call the police dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.