Man in wheelchair robbed at Palo Alto Caltrain station

Two robbery suspects remain at large

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 or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

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Posted by Wayne Martin
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 24, 2015 at 5:51 pm

There have been assaults/robberies of Caltrain passengers over the years at this station, and others. Yet, Caltrain has yet to install surveillance cameras so that the police might have something more than eyewitness memories to work with!

Sadly, Caltrain does not keep a list of such incidents on its web-site, so the public soon forgets how many of these incidents there are, and if the attacks are ever resolved via the arrests of the perps.

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a resident of Green Acres

on Feb 24, 2015 at 7:26 pm

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Posted by Carla
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 25, 2015 at 10:43 am

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This person is likely the same person that was robbed two months ago. [Portion removed.] I hope the police find out more about him because the situation may not be as innocent as it seems.

And yes, there needs to be camera, and better lighting. There is already a VTA security guard on site, but they stay near the bus terminal.

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Posted by Be Kind PA
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Feb 28, 2015 at 12:57 am

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When I first read this article, the main thing I wondered was, what was this man in a wheelchair doing at the train station after 1:00am? There are no passenger trains at that hour to my knowledge. Seems odd...

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Posted by rick
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 28, 2015 at 3:27 am

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Weekday southbound Caltrain #198 scheduled arrival at University Ave is 12:59 a.m.
I watched it come through a couple hours ago.
Saturday night (Sunday morning) it's the #454 scheduled at 1:05 a.m., a bit later due to weekend service at Broadway (Burlingame) and Atherton.
No late train Sunday night.

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