A woman walking in downtown Palo Alto Monday evening was accosted by a man who jumped from a car, threatened her with a small baseball bat and stole her purse, police Chief Dennis Burns reported Tuesday (Sept. 21). (see press release)
Burns said the woman, in her 20s, was walking near Forest Avenue and Bryant Street at 8:30 p.m. when a white Acura pulled over and a man wielding a small baseball bat jumped out, grabbed her purse and sped off in the car.
Burns said an officer spotted a vehicle matching the description of the Acura at Highway 101 and Embarcadero Road about 6 minutes after the robbery, and pulled it over.
They found the woman's wallet and cell phone but not her purse, Burns said.
Both occupants of the vehicle were arrested on suspicion of robbery and booked into Santa Clara County Jail.
They were identified as Jose Alfredo Plaza, 18, of Santa Clara and Anal Harshad Patel, 21, of Sunnyvale. Plaza was charged with robbery, conspiracy and driving without a license. Patel, of Sunnyvale, was charged with robbery and conspiracy. Both suspects were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose.