Palo Alto police are searching for a man who shoved a woman to the ground in a local park and attempted to rob her on Wednesday night.
The violent encounter took place just prior to 8 p.m. at Eleanor Pardee Park, located at 851 Center Drive, police said in a press release on Thursday. The woman, who is in her 20s, was walking on a park path near Center Drive when a man she didn't know shoved her from the side. After she fell to the ground, he leaned over her and grabbed at her pants pockets.
She swung her arms at the man and rolled away from him. He fled on foot toward Center Drive, she told police. The man never spoke to the woman and he did not take anything from her, according to police. The woman suffered a minor injury to her ankle but declined medical attention.
The woman told police she thought the man intended to rob her. She described the man as a light-skinned male who is about 40 years old and around 6 feet tall with a muscular build. The man was clean-shaven and wore a dark, hooded sweatshirt, pants and dark shoes.
Police don't anticipate they will produce a sketch of the man. Detectives are actively investigating the case. There does not seem to be a connection between this incident and any other recent Palo Alto robberies, police said.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to email@example.com or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.