Palo Alto police fanned out throughout Old Palo Alto Monday afternoon (Aug. 1) in search of a man who may have been involved in a robbery outside Wells Fargo Bank.
Police said the robbery occurred just after a woman withdrew money from the bank at California Avenue and El Camino Real Monday morning. As she walked out of the bank, a suspect snatched her purse and ran inside a vehicle.
Just after the purse snatching, the vehicle and another vehicle next to it sped off. Palo Alto police fanned out and quickly caught up to both vehicles. One was stopped near the intersection of Greer Street and Tulip Lane, just north of Embarcadero Road. The second vehicle was pulled over in Old Palo Alto, near the intersection of Coleridge Avenue and Cowper Street, police Sgt. Wayne Benitez said. He said a man ran out of the vehicle and escaped on foot through the residential neighborhood, hopping fences.
Police summoned a canine unit and a helicopter to the scene to search for the suspect and had cruisers positioned at major intersections around the neighborhood.
The at-large suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his early 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and wearing white clothes. Neighbors saw him jumping fences around Coleridge Avenue and Webster Street, police said.
Two other suspects, one from each vehicle, are now in police custody, Benitez said.
An email was sent to neighborhood groups from the Santa Clara County Emergency Alert System (AlertSCC) at approximately 1:45 p.m. with the following statement: "This is a follow up message to the police action in the 500 block of Coleridge. The police action is completed. There is no indication that the subject is still in the area. Thank you from the Palo Alto Police Department."
Anyone with information is asked to call 911. More information will be posted when it becomes available.