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Second assault reported in downtown Palo Alto

Original post made on Dec 4, 2012

A woman sleeping near a downtown Palo Alto sidewalk was beaten by a man during a robbery attempt early Sunday morning, Dec. 2, police said. The attack occurred shortly after another robbery attempt a few blocks away. ==B Related story:==
• [Web Link Woman fights off purse snatcher downtown]

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 4:27 PM

Comments (13)

Posted by parent, a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm

So sad to hear this! I think this is the older homeless lady I have given food to (croissants and breakfast from Crepvine) a few times. She always graciously thanked me for the food. I don't understand why she is not in a shelter at her age. In this wealthy community it is shocking to see old people sleeping in shop doorways.

Posted by Chris Zaharias, a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Probably time for some Palo Alto version of Guardian Angels walking the streets of downtown PA to augment what the police are able to provide.

Posted by parent, a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm

That's a good idea. These incidents seem to be increasing.

Posted by Ducatigirl, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 4, 2012 at 6:33 pm

If this is the elderly woman I am thinking of, she is also very, very arthritic--hands are gnarled from untreated, probably rheumatoid arthritis. She should not be sleeping outside, period.

Why don't the police guide her to a shelter, especially after the attack???

Posted by Anony, a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm

I know for a fact that the police department has 2 officers that work with the homeless. Any homeless person downtown is given the opportunity to have shelter. The ones that you see are the ones who have refused help.

Posted by homeless, a resident of Community Center
on Dec 4, 2012 at 8:42 pm

shelters are full and have waiting lists. one cannot just getting in by walking, and most likely they are too far to walk. sad situation .

Posted by homeless, a resident of Community Center
on Dec 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm

too many of us here; around bay area est. 35 000.

Posted by Anony, a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 4, 2012 at 10:00 pm

homeless, if you want permanent housing (I misspoke and said shelter, when I meant permanent housing) please go to the Palo Alto police station and ask to speak to the SED team. I did and it was an eye opener. They WILL get you housing, but people refuse due to drug or mental issues.

Posted by Raymond, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 5, 2012 at 11:19 am

Sleep in a doorway at your own risk. Police can't even protect the law abiding, taxpayers; let alone everyone sleeping on the street.

Posted by Enough!, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Dec 5, 2012 at 11:43 am

I heard a news report from San Francisco saying that there's homes, vs. shelter, available for the homeless. Not to deny housing to the homeless, but it's fascinating that the very rich and the very poor can get housing, while the rest in-between can't get squat. Some of us NEED to live in this area, don't make that lovely money, and don't have children to qualify for section 8. It would be nice if pure greed wasn't the motivating factor in setting rents. I've been looking for three years! Rent is ridiculously overpriced.

Posted by Sarah, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm

What kind of creature would try to rob and beat up an elderly, obviously homeless person? What did they think they would get?
We need to find these animals and get them out of our city; a nice bus ride out of town OR prosecute them and give them free room and board, in jail.

Posted by homeless, a resident of Community Center
on Dec 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm

i was the 'rest -in- between ' and still here. what is SED? never heard of that. Police would be the last person I would go ask for help,, though Palo Alto police seems very kind and loving ; spoke with 2 of them and they said to call anytime if I had trouble. That editorial broke my heart; homeless senior citizen and so vulnerable; be beaten and robbed. In SF they have waiting lists for re-furbished housing.. they have long lines and long application process. there is something wrong in the system... ' the very rich and very poor' yes have a chance. the ones in between 50/50 chance. You are welcome to join soup kitchens for food if you struggle with bills, mortgage, rent.. unexpected financial strains. Everyone is welcome and shouldn't feel embarrassed.System is broke.Please help the disfranchised... ask what they need.. shoes, blanket , jacket? They don't have to be new and must not be thought as 'handouts'.. make a new friend from someone who needs support

Posted by Pearl, a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Pearl is a registered user.

What is a woman in her 70s doing sleeping on the sidewalk at one in the morning?!? Or, any time, for that matter?!? I certainly hope by now that Santa Clara County Adult Protective Services is involved.

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