A man in a wheelchair was accosted by two men who robbed him at the University Avenue Caltrain station on Feb. 21, just after 1 a.m., police said in a statement Tuesday, Feb. 24.
The robbers took property from his pockets and fled on foot. The man, who is in his 50s, was not injured, police said.
He was seated in his wheelchair on the station's southbound platform. Two men approached him, grabbed a brown paper bag he had and looked through it. They stole several bottles of prescription medication that were in the bag.
The men began rifling through the victim's pockets, and removed his wallet and cellphone. They took his identification card and cash from the wallet before throwing it on the ground, police said.
The two men ran north toward the bus station and were last seen heading west across El Camino Real. Police immediately responded to the 1:01 a.m. 9-1-1 call and used a canine unit to search but could not find the suspects.
The victim described the first robber as a black male in his 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a heavy build and a beard. He was wearing a black jacket, black jeans and black shoes. The second robber was a white male in his 20s with a thin build and wearing a gray multi-colored backpack.
Police said they will release sketches of the robbers as soon as possible if the victim is able to meet with a sketch artist.
No other robberies at train stations in Palo Alto have been reported recently, police said.
Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Transit Police Bureau, which has primary law-enforcement jurisdiction at the location, are handling a follow-up investigation. They are working closely with Palo Alto Police Department detectives.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office anonymous tip line at 800-547-2700. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.