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Teenager targeted with racial slurs, stabbed with screwdriver in Palo Alto garage

Police seek three suspects after Wednesday night attack in Bryant Street garage

A teenager was allegedly attacked from behind, accosted with racial epithets and stabbed with a screwdriver as he walked through a downtown Palo Alto garage Wednesday night in an incident that police are investigating as a hate crime.

The victim, a Latino adult in his late teens, was reportedly walking to his car in the Bryant Street garage, between University and Lytton avenues, at about 7:45 p.m. when he saw three men standing nearby and making disparaging remarks about his ethnicity, police said. After a brief verbal exchange, he walked past the three men to get to his car when one of the men attacked him from behind. As they struggled, a second man stabbed the teen in the thigh with a screwdriver, police said.

The three men, none of whom reportedly knew the victim, then ran away. The victim drove himself to a local hospital, where he was treated for a moderate puncture wound and released shortly thereafter. Police learned about this incident about 9 p.m., when they received a call from a hospital employee who reported that they were treating a stab wound that was sustained downtown earlier in the evening.

All three men were described by the victim as white males in their mid-20s, according to the police. The man who stabbed the teenager was described as a white male with a beard and a thin build. The second suspect was described as thin and clean-shaven, with a black T-shirt and peach-colored shorts. The third man, also described as thin and clean-shaven, reportedly wore a Stanford cap.

Because of the racial comments made by the men, police are treating the case as a hate crime investigation. Police said no similar incidents have recently occurred in Palo Alto.

Police have released sketches of two of the suspects and are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.

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7 people like this
Posted by Jim M.
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 17, 2015 at 4:48 pm

"Police have released sketches of two of the victims" should read 'suspects'

32 people like this
Posted by Slow Down
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 17, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Slow Down is a registered user.

Does someone need to get killed in one of the downtown garages before the city puts in video cameras?

5 people like this
Posted by gsheyner
a resident of another community
on Jul 17, 2015 at 4:55 pm

gsheyner is a registered user.

Thanks for the catch, Jim. Sorry for the error. I fixed it.


10 people like this
Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 17, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Isn't this the parking garage that the Avenidas Senior Center depends upon? Before dark on a Wednesday.

23 people like this
Posted by parent
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 17, 2015 at 6:11 pm

If the city wants to be more bicycle and pedestrian friendly, we really need to have more police patrolling on bicycle and on foot. They miss alot if they spend all day looking out patrol car windows.

2 people like this
Posted by Incensed
a resident of Southgate
on Jul 17, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Too bad you can't put "cowards " in the description, as in three cowards ganging up on one kid and attacking him from behind.... (also it (inadvertently of course) says "....described by the teenager as a "while" man...:))

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Posted by Slow Down
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 17, 2015 at 10:02 pm

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@parent - PAPD needs to be in patrol cars because there are only a handful of officers on duty at a time, and they are responsible for ALL of palo alto, not just downtown. It would be a long walk or bike ride from University to the JCC or Gunn. What we really need is a lot more officers, then we could afford more bike/foot patrols downtown, which I agree would be a good idea, and might calm things down.

19 people like this
Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jul 18, 2015 at 6:23 am

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Downtown is become increasingly attractive to the type of scum that attacked this teenager. With urbanization comes the blight, it's always a package deal.

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