A man walking along a bike path south of downtown Palo Alto while texting on his iPhone on Friday night was assaulted, beaten and robbed, according to a Palo Alto Police Department press release issued Saturday afternoon. The victim, who required medical care after the incident, which was reported to police at 8:14 p.m., said his assailants were three men in their 20s, only one of whom physically attacked him before the trio fled with his phone and Air Pods.
The assailants are still at large, police said.
The victim, reported to be in his 20s, was attacked on the path that parallels the railroad tracks between Churchill Avenue and the University Avenue transit center, police said. He was approached by the suspects just north of Encina Avenue.
The victim told police that one of the suspects knocked him down and repeatedly punched him in the face. After stealing the items they demanded from the victim, the three assailants fled north on the bike path toward downtown, according to the press release.
Hearing the victim yelling, an employee from a nearby business came to his aid. He found the victim with a bloodied face and called police, who searched the area with the help of a dog from the Mountain View Police Department canine unit, but they could not locate the assailants, the press release said.
The victim was taken to a local hospital by Palo Alto Fire Department paramedics; he was treated for lacerations and swelling to his face, and was later released, police said.
The victim described the man who physically attacked him as a Hispanic man in his mid-20s; around 5 feet and 9 inches tall; and weighing around 225 pounds. The department released a sketch of this suspect on Monday night.
The other two assailants were described as Hispanic; around 5 feet and 9 inches tall; and weighing about 180 pounds.
Police said that detectives are actively investigating the incident, and that a suspect sketch may be produced and distributed.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.
Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected], or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.
• Read our interview with the employee who assisted the young man here.