A woman walking in downtown Palo Alto late Friday night was robbed by a man who placed an object at her neck and demanded her purse.
The woman was walking in the 400 block of Hamilton Avenue at 10:50 p.m. when she saw a man approach her from the opposite direction who then grabbed her from behind, Police Agent Dan Ryan said.
Police increased patrols in the downtown area as a result of the late Friday night attack.
The man was described as African-American, 6-feet tall, weighing 170 pounds and wearing a white T-shirt and long, black shorts. He was described as having short hair and was clean-shaven.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Palo Alto Police Department tip-line at 650-329-2190.