Palo Alto police have arrested a transient man who is accused of attacking a pedestrian on University Avenue late Wednesday morning using a skateboard.
The pedestrian, who reported the incident to the police shortly after it happened around 11:40 a.m., was heading west in the 500 block of University Avenue near Joe & the Juice when the man approached him and allegedly punched him in the face and hit him in the abdomen with a skateboard, according to a press release issued Thursday.
The man "yelled nonsensically" during the encounter, according to police, and also allegedly threw a rock at the person before walking away.
Officers found the suspect inside a nearby business and arrested him without incident. The 38-year-old man, who has no permanent city of residence, was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of two felonies: assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats.
The victim, who is in his 20s, suffered minor injuries to his face and abdomen, police said. He didn't know the arrested man.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.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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