A Palo Alto teen's attempt to purchase hallucinogenic mushrooms ended in a robbery and his being punched by three other youths on June 8, a Palo Alto police spokesman said Thursday (June 16).
The 16-year-old victim met up with the three youths, ages 15, 16 and 17, at about 9:30 p.m. on the 3000 block of Ventura Court, which is between Ventura Avenue, Park Boulevard and El Camino Real, to purchase the mushrooms. He was robbed of his money and cell phone during the transaction, police Detective Sal Madrigal said.
The youths punched the boy, who sustained injuries. His father took him to the hospital, Madrigal said.
The three youths were arrested last Sunday and Monday (June 12 and 13) and charged with second-degree robbery, a felony that is not premeditated but is committed as an afterthought during another act, such as a drug sale, he said.
One youth was booked into Santa Clara County juvenile hall, and two other boys were released to their parents.
Police did not release details regarding the incident last week after the Weekly's request, saying the investigation was ongoing.
Madrigal said hallucinogenic mushrooms are not prevalent drugs sold on Palo Alto's streets.