Palo Alto police are searching for a man who they say ripped a purse off a woman's shoulder in a Stanford Shopping Center parking lot on Monday afternoon before fleeing in a waiting vehicle.
The incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot on the east side of Nordstrom, near Arboretum Road. The victim, a woman in her 60s, was standing near her parked car when a man walked up to her and forcefully pulled the purse off her shoulder, according to a police statement. The man then ran to a waiting car, which took off eastbound on Sand Hill Road, police said.
Police responded to the area immediately after the incident was reported but could not find the robber. The woman complained of pain in her shoulder and felt light-headed. She was transported to a local hospital by Palo Alto Fire Department paramedics as a precaution, police said.
The woman described the purse-snatcher as a male about 5 feet 7 inches tall, of unknown race or age. He was reportedly wearing a hooded sweatshirt and pants. The getaway vehicle was described as a red or maroon four-door sedan of a newer model, possibly a Toyota Camry. Police do not have a sketch of the suspect available at this time.
Police said there haven't been any similar crimes reported recently at the Stanford Shopping Center. The department has increased patrols in the area, according to the news release.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the police department's dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.