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Strong-arm robbery injures woman at Stanford Shopping Center

Witnesses chase after duo who fled with purse

Palo Alto police are asking for the community's assistance in locating two men for a strong-arm robbery that injured a woman at the Stanford Shopping Center over the weekend.

On Sunday, shortly before 4 p.m., a woman in her 30s was sitting outside McDonald's when one of the men walked toward her and grabbed her purse on the table, according to a press release issued Tuesday morning. She held onto the purse as she was pulled about 10 feet and fell on a concrete walkway.

Two shoppers in the vicinity witnessed the incident and heard the woman yelling. They responded by going after the men who ran toward the parking garage. One of the men fell after he ran into a parked car, dropping the purse in the process, police said.

The witness was able to grab hold of the purse and returned it to the woman, who suffered an abrasion to her knee from the fall but declined medical treatment, according to police.

The two men continued to flee the scene and are still at large as of Tuesday morning.

The person who briefly fled with the woman's purse was described as a light-skinned black male in his late teens to early 20s, with a thin to medium build. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt with "FILA" written across the chest, gray shorts and white tennis shoes.

The second person was described as a Hispanic male in his late teens to early 20s wearing a white T-shirt, gray sweatpants and black tennis shoes.

An investigation is ongoing, but the police department does not believe the robbery is related to previous robbery attempts from this year. With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, the department has advised residents to monitor their personal belongings and not leave valuables unattended or in an unoccupied vehicle.

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 paloalto@tipnow.org 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.

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Comments

29 people like this
Posted by m2grs
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 6, 2018 at 12:10 pm

If the shopping center or McDonald has installed security cameras the faces of the robbers will be easily captured, and perhaps even matched using face recognition.


16 people like this
Posted by Fritzie Blue
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 6, 2018 at 12:31 pm

Fritzie Blue is a registered user.

Have noticed less security at the shopping center in the last couple years. Used to see security vehicles frequently patrolling the parking lots and security guards walking around, but not so much lately.


19 people like this
Posted by Not Worth the Risk
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 6, 2018 at 1:46 pm

> Have noticed less security at the shopping center in the last couple years

Being a security guard at Stanford Shopping Center is a thankless task. Chasing down shoplifters and risking one's neck is pointless given that the more expensive items are insured by the stores anyway.

Many thieves now carry concealed weapons. Most security guards are unarmed...a significant disadvantage.

Low pay is another serious consideration against taking such a job.

People will steal just about anything so it's best not to put too much value on material things.


13 people like this
Posted by bike commuter
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Nov 6, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Suddenly the Chinese-style blanket surveillance cameras sound attractive.


12 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 6, 2018 at 4:36 pm

The British have had wall-to-wall surveillance long before the Chinese.


17 people like this
Posted by Always On the Lookout Now
a resident of Los Altos
on Nov 6, 2018 at 5:42 pm

descriptions from the PA Weekly...
> The person who briefly fled with the woman's purse was described as a light-skinned black male in his late teens to early 20s, with a thin to medium build. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt with "FILA" written across the chest, gray shorts and white tennis shoes.
>> The second person was described as a Hispanic male in his late teens to early 20s wearing a white T-shirt, gray sweatpants and black tennis shoes.

Who are these people and where do they come from? And why are the descriptions always similar in other crime scene reportages?

While it was probably not a good idea to leave one's purse semi-unattended, a person should be able to enjoy their Big Mac without these kinds of unwarranted incidents.


12 people like this
Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 7, 2018 at 1:37 am

"She held onto the purse as she was pulled about 10 feet and fell on a concrete walkway."

Does not sound like the purse was semi-unattended.


3 people like this
Posted by Eddie B
a resident of Mountain View
on Nov 7, 2018 at 7:53 am

People just need to give up there stuff when you are getting robbed, you do not know what the man trying to rob is willing to do, you could die and for what? your purse ?? we can make all that back but your life is something you shouldn't play with. Its weird because i always see security parked by the McDonald's Area.


13 people like this
Posted by Imagine This
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Nov 7, 2018 at 7:56 am

>Does not sound like the purse was semi-unattended.
>>one of the men walked toward her and grabbed her purse on the table, (PA Weekly)

She was probably eating and the her purse was resting on the table. She then grabbed it after the other two took hold of it.

No one holds onto their purse while eating a hamburger...one hand for burger, the other for grabbing French fries or Coke.


3 people like this
Posted by A Sociological View
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 7, 2018 at 9:22 am

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1 person likes this
Posted by Green Gables
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 7, 2018 at 1:15 pm

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