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Woman and her dog bite would-be robber in Pardee Park

Man throws woman to ground but doesn't get her cellphone

A man in his 20s who Palo Alto police say attempted to steal a woman's cellphone got more than he bargained for Saturday night.

The woman was out walking her small dog in Pardee Park, 851 Center Dr., at about 9:20 p.m. when she noticed a man standing near the park's playground in the southwest corner, according to a police press release.

Though she had been texting on her phone, she put it in her jacket pocket and continued walking on the footpath. The man started following her, so she stepped off the footpath to let him pass, she told police.

But instead of walking past, the man grabbed the woman around the neck and shoulders and threw her to the ground. He reached into her pocket to take her phone, and when she began to scream, he placed his hand over her mouth, she told police.

That's when the woman and her dog fought back: She bit down on the man's hand and the dog began biting his legs.

Giving up on the robbery attempt, the man -– described as Hispanic, clean-shaven, with a medium build and about 5-foot-8 or 5-foot-10-inches tall -- ran.

He wore a dark baseball hat, a dark, hooded sweatshirt and pants of an unknown color, according to the woman, who was uninjured in the incident.

Police detectives are actively investigating the case and are trying to determine if it may be connected to any other robbery attempts in Palo Alto or surrounding communities, the department stated.

Anyone with information about Saturday's incident is asked to call the Palo Alto Police Department at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

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21 people like this
Posted by Lera
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 19, 2017 at 10:32 pm

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28 people like this
Posted by Sean
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 20, 2017 at 6:44 am

A good case for the concealed carry law. She's lucky to be alive. Hope she gave her pooch an extra treat that night!


17 people like this
Posted by Dan
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 20, 2017 at 7:53 am

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13 people like this
Posted by Carrie
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 20, 2017 at 8:04 am

Carry a can of MACE.


69 people like this
Posted by TheRealMessage
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 20, 2017 at 8:57 am

The real message is to get a dog. They are more effective than weapons, and have far fewer accidental deaths.

Good boy. Nice dog.


25 people like this
Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 20, 2017 at 9:29 am

Give the pooch a T-Bone and upgrade to a German Shepard.


33 people like this
Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 20, 2017 at 9:51 am

I guess dogs really are man's, and woman's, best friend. Congratulations to both dog and resident for fighting back successfully! Glad to hear they were unhurt, but it is sad to think that people will attack others in a public park over a cell phone that can be locked, found and tracked online.


35 people like this
Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 20, 2017 at 10:54 am

I don't like the joking tone of the headline. I find this to be a serious situation - it isn't funny at all.
Appears minimized because she managed to escape. It's a crime.
Congrats to the woman on her effective, quick, clear headed defense.


19 people like this
Posted by Green Quarter Acres
a resident of Green Acres
on Feb 20, 2017 at 12:12 pm

So glad the woman and dog were able to fight off this low life parasite.
We need more dogs in this community. they are wonderful companions, watch and guard dogs. We know from out webcams that ours have scared robbers from our property several times. Meanwhile both our next door neighbors and across the street have been robbed more than once. None of them have dogs.

It is such a shame Palo Alto has become a town where we need web cams and watch/guard dogs for our own security and protection. Maybe someday the City Council migh spend just a few seconds a year on the safety and security issues of its citizens.

Hooray for this brave pair of citizens for fighting crime !!!


7 people like this
Posted by Generalización
a resident of Gunn High School
on Feb 20, 2017 at 1:41 pm

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4 people like this
Posted by Your Neighbor
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 20, 2017 at 2:08 pm

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4 people like this
Posted by Sean
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 20, 2017 at 2:50 pm

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67 people like this
Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 20, 2017 at 4:44 pm

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"A good case for the concealed carry law."

Why would anybody want to concealed-carry a dog? Put the dog on a leash and let it exercise.


10 people like this
Posted by Screeedek
a resident of Atherton
on Feb 21, 2017 at 10:12 am

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@anonymous, how is the "tone" of the headline considered "joking"? Am I missing something? The headline describes the actual event.


21 people like this
Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 21, 2017 at 10:59 am

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What an AWESOME woman - truly! She clearly knows how to take care of herself and she has taught her dog to go after miscreants. That's empowerment all the way around.


8 people like this
Posted by Flyboy
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 21, 2017 at 10:24 pm

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I grew up in a house directly across the street from Pardee park. My mother still resides in the home. I am visiting from Colorado and was surprised the morning after this incident to receive a visit from a Palo Alto Police officer. He asked if we had heard screaming between 9:00 and 9:30 pm coming from the park. We did not.
In Colorado we very seldom experience these kinds of incidents, primarily because a large number of citizens including myself have Concealed Carry Permits. Not only that, In Colorado we have the "make my day" law. If someone enters my home and I fear for my life, or that of my family I can use whatever force is necessary to defend myself or family without fear of prosecution.


3 people like this
Posted by Joe smo
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 21, 2017 at 10:39 pm

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One can only hope he was seriously injured,

Curious what was said that caused so many posts to be removed,

perhaps say it a different way, would love to know


2 people like this
Posted by Joe smo
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 21, 2017 at 10:44 pm

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Flyboy, Some states have a stand your ground law,

This would have been one of those cases,

alas not in Ca.

You can't even get a ccp.

I read an article recently where someone was beating a cop on the groud, a person stopped their car and asked if he needed help, he said yes and the passerby shot the perp, killed him, saved the cops life, he had a ccp,


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Posted by Flyboy
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 22, 2017 at 12:04 pm

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Joe Smo
The incident that you are referring to was in Arizona. In Colorado you have to have weapon training, attend class and pass an extensive background check which takes 90 days before permit is issued.
If you are armed and are presented a situation you have to make a decision whether deadly force is required or if other non lethal methods are appropriate.


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