Palo Alto police are seeking witnesses to a battery that occurred in downtown Palo Alto last Thursday, July 17, when a man allegedly punched another man on the side of the head, causing him to lose consciousness.
At about 10:10 p.m., the victim and a witness to the incident arrived at the police station to report what had happened. About 30 minutes earlier, the man had been walking southbound on the west side of Cowper Street, crossing University Avenue in the crosswalk, police said.
The next thing he remembered, he said, he was on the ground and had lost consciousness for a couple of a seconds, police said. The witness who accompanied him to the station (and who had no relation to him) reported seeing a man walking northbound in the same crosswalk. As the man passed the victim, he punched the victim once in the side of his head, causing him to fall to the ground. The man immediately ran away eastbound on University Avenue, police said, and the witness went to the victim's aid.
The man sustained minor injuries on his nose and lip. Police said that personnel from the Palo Alto Fire Department treated him at the station and released him.
The witness described the attacker as a black or Hispanic male between 20 and 30 years of age, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 160 pounds with a dark complexion and dark hair. He was wearing a gray or white long-sleeved shirt and knee-length patterned shorts.
Police said there is no known motive for the battery and there have been no similar cases reported in Palo Alto. Detectives are investigating the incident, and police said they are hopeful that other witnesses will come forward to assist with the investigation.
Police are asking for anyone who witnessed this crime 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 via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the department's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.