A 14-year-old girl was robbed of her cell phone and bruised after being knocked over Monday night, June 18, on California Avenue, Palo Alto police Agent Robert Parham said.
The incident occurred at about 11:30 p.m. in front of Club Illusions at 260 South California Ave. during a teen dance night, Parham said. The girl was standing outside the club with several other people when a young male brushed against her and allegedly removed her cell phone from the left front pocket of her shorts.
The girl immediately noticed the phone was missing and asked the boy if he took the phone. He denied the theft. He ran into her as he fled, bumping into her shoulder and knocking her backward. He continued to flee down California Avenue toward El Camino Real, Parham said.
No one was able to identify the suspected robber, and the club did not have video surveillance, Parham said. The victim initially said she was uninjured, but the next day she reported bruises on her chest and hip, he said.
Parham said the case is still under investigation. The robber is described as a black male, 16 to 18 years old with a thin build.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information can call the Palo Alto Police Department at 650-329-2413.