A 24-year-old Palo Alto man was arrested on Halloween night after he allegedly grabbed a woman's purse and made off with it into the men's bathroom at Molly Magee's in Mountain View.
According to police, Daniel Esquivel took the purse from the counter area of the bar and entered the bathroom with it just after noon on Friday, Oct. 31. Security staff was already in the bathroom confronting Esquivel on the alleged theft before the victim, a 41-year-old Redwood City woman, realized her purse was gone.
Police say Esquivel fought with security staff and was taken into custody when officers arrived, where he continued to be "uncooperative" and fought with police officers during the arrest process, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger of the Mountain View Police Department. There were no injuries, and the purse was returned to the woman.
Esquivel was arrested on charges of petty theft, battery and resisting a police officer. Police said he was also in violation of his probation and received a probation hold. Esquivel was booked into San Jose Main Jail without bail.
Palo Alto police arrested Esquivel in June after allegedly attacking and robbing a group of five teenagers who had hit him with small noise-makers they were throwing off the roof of a downtown parking garage. He was booked for felony robbery, felony criminal threats and misdemeanor battery.