Police: Palo Alto man arrested for attempted robbery, fighting officers


A Palo Alto man who allegedly tried to swipe a duffle bag from a resident of a Middlefield Road apartment complex was arrested after a physical struggle with the victim, his neighbor and five police officers.

The incident occurred on the night of Aug. 21 in the parking lot of an apartment complex on the 1000 block of Middlefield Road, near Addison Avenue. Police said the man, 21-year-old Sebastian Garcia-Bankowski, walked up to the victim, a man in his 20s, and began shouting at him and tried to take his duffle bag.

The victim held on to the bag and the two began to struggle, police said. The victim's girlfriend, who was also present at the scene, called 911 at about 10:04 p.m. as the fight began and officers arrived within a minute to see Garcia-Bankowski struggling with the victim and a male neighbor who came to assist the victim, police said.

When officers tried to intervene, Garcia-Bankowski allegedly began fighting with them. It ultimately took five officers to subdue and arrest him, police said. As a result of the scuffle, Garcia-Bankowski suffered minor scrapes and cuts to his elbows, hands, face and back, police said. He was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment.

One officer also sustained a cut to his elbow and a knee abrasion, while another complained of pain to both knees. Police said neither required medical attention. The victim was not injured, police said.

Garcia-Bankowski was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail and charged with attempted robbery and resisting arrest with injury to officers, both felonies.

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8 people like this
Posted by Jujitsu
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 3, 2015 at 1:33 pm

This punk is extremely lucky that he didn't grab my duffle bag. The outcome would have been very different had he approached me and trying to take what belongs to me.

4 people like this
Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 3, 2015 at 5:41 pm

Gotta be more to this story...

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