A Palo Alto woman was robbed in front of her home in the 900 block of El Cajon Way shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday, police reported.
Police said the robbery "may or may not" be related to other recent robberies in the area but that they are actively investigating the robberies.
Police reported that the woman, in her 40s, was returning home and parked her car in her driveway. When she got out, she saw a man jogging toward her on the sidewalk, then heard footsteps behind her as she approached her front door.
She said she turned and saw the man walking toward her, then the man grabbed her shoulders and she started screaming for help. He grabbed her purse and ran off. She said he got into a dark-colored four-door sedan with its lights off and sped off.
The man was described as black with short hair, between 25 and 45 years old, and about 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a black T-shirt and dark pants.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or anonymous voicemails and text messages can be sent to 650-383-8984.
The department in a press release issued its standard cautionary advice: "Avoid situations where a robber may strike. Try to stay in well-lit, populated areas, and try not to walk alone.
"While circumstances will vary and every person will have to make their own decision on how to respond to a unique situation, it is generally safer to comply with a robber's demands. Remember it is not worth it to be harmed over property, which can always be replaced."