Palo Alto police are looking for two men who allegedly pepper sprayed a woman in downtown Palo Alto Monday night before robbing her, according to a press release.
At about 7:16 p.m. Monday, police were called about an armed robbery hat had taken place about 10 minutes earlier in the 300 block of Lane 20 East, an alley that runs north of and parallel to the 300 block of University Avenue between Waverley and Florence streets. Officers immediately responded, but did not find the alleged robbers, police said.
An investigation revealed that the woman, who is in her forties, was walking westbound through the downtown alley when she saw the two men walking towards her. One of them sprayed her in the face with pepper spray, causing her vision to become blurry, and the other ripped a necklace from her neck and a pair of hoop earrings from her ears, according to police. Both the ran away in an unknown direction.
The woman stayed in the alley for a few minutes until her vision returned, police said, and then walked to a nearby store and called 9-1-1. She complained of burning pain on her face, eyes and neck area, but was otherwise not physically injured, police said.
She described the two men as Hispanic adults in their early twenties. Both had thin builds, she told police, and were between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall. They were both wearing black pants and black hooded sweatshirts with the hoods pulled over their heads, according to police. One of them was wearing a black baseball cap. No sketches of the men are available or anticipated, the release states.
Police said Tuesday that there have been no similar street robberies in Palo Alto. Detectives are investigating the alleged incident.
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 e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the department’s free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.