Palo Alto police are looking for a man wanted for robbing a woman of her purse at Stanford Shopping Center on Sunday. He was last seen leaving the mall with two female associates, police said.
He targeted a woman in her 60s, who had been sitting at a table outside McDonald's around 10:30 a.m. when he snatched the purse from her hands, police said. She yelled at him and tried to hold on the purse, but the man ultimately got hold of the purse and walked away without saying a word.
The purse was carrying the woman's cellphone and other miscellaneous property, police said.
The woman, who wasn't injured in the struggle, followed the man as he joined the two female associates and walked around the shopping center, police said. The trio was last seen heading north along El Camino Real towards Menlo Park.
She reported the strong-arm robbery to police about three hours later around 1:30 p.m., police said.
The robber was described as a black man who was about 19 to 20 years old, about 6 feet tall with a thin build and red-hooded sweatshirt, police said.
Both of the female acquaintances were described as black. One was heavy set and in her mid-20s; the other was in her late teens to early 20s, police said.
Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the police department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.