A woman in her 50s was injured in Palo Alto during a strong-arm street robbery after a man absconded with her purse Wednesday night, March 21, Palo Alto police said in a press release Thursday, March 22.
The woman was walking at about 9:40 p.m. in the Midtown neighborhood, northbound on the east sidewalk of the 2400 block of Middlefield Road, just south of Oregon Expressway. A man approached her from behind and grabbed her purse. She tried to pull it back from him but was unable to prevent the theft, police said.
The man ran north on the sidewalk and entered the passenger side of a vehicle waiting in a traffic lane on Middlefield. The victim last saw the vehicle speeding off eastbound on Oregon Expressway.
The woman complained of elbow and back pain but did not require medical attention at the scene, police said.
The man is described as about 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing dark clothing and a dark, knit wool skullcap. The victim could not provide the man's race or age. She described the vehicle as being small and dark-colored.
Her purse contained miscellaneous personal property, police said. At the time of the robbery, she had been walking home after shopping at 7-Eleven, located at 708 Colorado Ave., and at Walgreens, at 2605 Middlefield Road. Officers are conducting a follow-up investigation.
Police suggest that people remain aware of their surroundings when out for walks and report suspicious behavior immediately to 9-1-1.
Anyone having information about this robbery is asked to contact the police 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message to 650-383-8984.