Palo Alto police are seeking a man who allegedly robbed a woman of her purse near the University Avenue transit center shortly after she got off the bus early Wednesday morning.
The victim, a woman in her 50s, reported that she was walking on University Avenue, near El Camino Real, at about 3 a.m. on Wednesday morning when a man approached her from behind and grabbed her purse. Police said after a brief struggle, the man tore the purse from the woman's grasp and she fell to the ground, sustaining minor injuries. The man then ran away.
Police learned about the robbery after the woman came to the police station at around 1 p.m. to report the robbery. She described the suspect as a black male in his mid-20s. Police said no similar robberies have taken place recently in the area of the transit depot.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Palo Alto Police Department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.