Palo Alto police are looking for one of three suspects who beat up, robbed and threatened to stab a pedestrian on Hamilton Avenue on Tuesday night.
The strong-arm robbery occurred at around 11:30 p.m. on the 400 block of Hamilton Avenue, between Waverley and Cowper Streets. Police said the victim, a man in his 30s, was walking west on Hamilton when a man jumped onto his back, knocking him to the ground. Three people then surrounded him, punched him in the face and possibly kicked him, police said. One suspect allegedly threatened to stab the victim and demanded his property. The man handed over his cell phone and credit cards, after which time the three attackers walked away on foot, heading east on Hamilton.
After the robbery, the victim ran over to the police department, which is located about two blocks away from the robbery scene, to report that he had just been robbed. Palo Alto police immediately went to the site, but could not find the suspects. They relayed the descriptions to surrounding agencies.
Within the hour, a Menlo Park officer who heard this description spotted three individuals who matched it in East Palo Alto, at the intersection of Manhattan Avenue and O'Connor Street. When he approached them, one of the three ran away, police said. The other two, both 16-year-old residents from East Palo Alto, were detained and arrested for robbery after the victim's property was found in their possession.
Both were booked at the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall. Because they are both minors, police aren't releasing their identities. Neither had a knife, police said.
The third suspect remains at large, police said. He was described as a black male, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a medium build and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.
Police said the victim suffered minor injuries to his face and to one of his feet and did not require medical attention. They do not believe the robbery is connected to any other recent robberies in Palo Alto.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the 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 voice mail to 650-383-8984