Palo Alto police are looking for two men who they said attacked a woman during an attempted robbery on Monday afternoon in the city's Midtown neighborhood, according to a news release issued Tuesday.
The two men reportedly approached the woman, who's in her 50s, shortly before 3 p.m. on Monday while she was sitting in her car in the 700 block of Colorado Avenue near Middlefield Road. One man came up to her and began offering repair services for dents on her vehicle, according to the news release. She refused but he persisted, prompting her to start recording him with her cellphone, police said.
Then, another man came up to the back of the vehicle and began yelling and cursing at her, police said. The woman reportedly got out of the car and began recording the second man, at which point the first man grabbed the phone out of her hand, pulled her glasses off her face and pushed her to the ground, police said.
As the woman fell backward, she grabbed the first man's shirt and was able to tear it off his body. Police said the man then threw her phone across a parking lot and ran away with his accomplice.
Police said the woman suffered minor injuries to her hand, shoulder and elbow but refused medical service. She found her glasses and phone nearby, police said.
Police do not believe the Monday attack is related to any other recent strong-arm robbery.
The woman described the first man who approached her as a Hispanic man and about 30 to 35 years old. He is reportedly around 5 feet and 9 inches tall and weighs roughly 150 pounds. He was described as wearing a long-sleeved purple shirt.
She described the second man as a tanned man, apparently in his 30s. He is about 6 feet tall, heavy-set and has shoulder-length black hair, police said. Her photo of him provided to police shows him wearing a black and white Ecko-brand T-shirt, dark sunglasses and a gray Bass Pro Shops hat.
Anyone with information about the strong-arm robbery 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.