Palo Alto police have arrested a man who attacked and robbed a bicyclist on an East Bayshore Road bike trail Thursday, April 24.
At about 9:39 a.m., police received a call about a fight in progress on the bike trail in the 3500 block of East Bayshore Road. As officers responded, a witness said a man had fled on foot; police detained him without incident in the 3800 block of East Bayshore at about 9:44 a.m.
The ensuing investigation revealed that the man, 46-year-old Roberto Navarro, was walking northbound on the bike trail when he pulled a man in his fifties, biking in the opposite direction, off his bike and onto the ground. Police said Navarro punched the bicyclist in the arms several times and then kicked him in the lower body and once in the head. He also stole the bicyclist's cell phone and then walked away on the bike trail.
Two passersby stopped to help the bicyclist and stopped a passing motorist for help, police said. The motorist called 9-1-1 and kept Navarro "under observation" until officers arrived, police said.
The bicyclist sustained moderate injuries to one of his feet and abrasions on one of his hands. Palo Alto Fire Department personnel treated him on the scene and released him. Police found the stolen cell phone in Navarro's pocket upon arrest and returned it to its owner.
Police booked Navarro, who they said has no permanent residence, into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for felony robbery and misdemeanor assault and battery.
Detectives do not believe this suspect is connected to any other crimes in Palo Alto, and are investigating to see if he is connected to crimes in any surrounding communities. Anyone with information about this incident or this suspect is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.