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Duo strikes man, robs him of cellphone and other belongings

Original post made on Sep 28, 2021

A man was beat up and robbed of his cellphone, backpack, skateboard and other belongings in downtown Palo Alto early Saturday morning, police said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 7:48 PM

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Posted by John
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 28, 2021 at 10:53 pm

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That moment when you’re beaten so badly you lose consciousness…. But lack any visible injuries.


Posted by Aron Tiernan
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 29, 2021 at 8:59 am

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The nature of the crime, timeframe, and descriptions of the assailants suggest a homeless street crime.

Panhandling for a dollar at 1AM in the morning is not your typical Palo Alto evening activity unless one is destitute.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 29, 2021 at 10:11 am

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PAPD keeps sending out requests for information 3 and 4 days after crimes happened. In general, how do delays like that make sense when memories fade?


Posted by Larry Ferguson
a resident of Ventura
on Sep 29, 2021 at 10:32 am

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>"PAPD keeps sending out requests for information 3 and 4 days after crimes happened. In general, how do delays like that make sense..."

Is the PAPD understaffed or bogged down with paperwork?

The pandemic has become a convenient excuse nowadays for just about any delay in processing whether it be court-related filings, receiving pertinent tax information, and just about everything else.


Posted by Philomena Gladstone
a resident of another community
on Sep 29, 2021 at 12:05 pm

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The PAPD should initiate foot or bicycle cops to patrol downtown PA after hours.

This would result in a faster response time following a crime reportage.

The PAPD headquarters are still situated downtown and it is fairly obvious that the police are not doing their job in terms of pro-active crime prevention.

They only take 'reports' following a reported incident.


Posted by Lucinda Decker
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 29, 2021 at 3:04 pm

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In order to reduce homeless-related street crime, would the PACC along with Palo Alto residents & business owners support a basic living stipend for those in dire economic need as a possibl crime deterrent?

Palo Alto is known for its compassionate and progressive perspectives.


Posted by Mike-Crescent Park
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 30, 2021 at 1:12 pm

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How can someone be beaten so badly that they become unconscious (for long enough to be robbed of everything on their person) but there are no visible marks?


Posted by Lacy W.
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 30, 2021 at 2:06 pm

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If this street crime was perpetrated by homeless individuals, the PACC & PAPD need to take pro-active efforts towards ridding the downtown area of ALL homeless people as it adversely impacts local businesses and customers.

The homeless do not contribute to the betterment of Palo Alto in any manner or form and if anything, they downgrade the city atmosphere.

As to the poster suggesting a homeless living stipend, this measure would only attract more of them to Palo Alto and who in their right minds wants that?


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