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Bicyclist steers clear of attempted robber on bridge

Man was accosted on connection between Palo Alto and Menlo Park

Palo Alto police are investigating a Saturday morning robbery attempt after a man reportedly tried to take a bicycle from another man.

A bicyclist heading south on the pedestrian bicycle bridge that connects Palo Alto and Menlo Park was blocked by a man who tried to steal his bicycle on Sept. 18, 2021, according to police.

The incident occurred at 8:55 a.m. on the pedestrian/bicycle bridge over San Francisquito Creek near the 700 block of Clark Way, police said Monday in a press release. The bridge separates the cities of Menlo Park and Palo Alto and goes through a wooded area.

A man in his 30s was riding his bicycle south when another man blocked his path, demanded the bicycle and attempted to grab the handlebars, police said. The bicyclist was able to get past the man and rode away. As the cyclist left, the man spat on his back and threw a beer can at him, which didn't strike the victim, police said. The attempted robbery was reported to police dispatchers at about 10:45 a.m. The bicyclist wasn't injured.

The perpetrator is described as a Black man in his 30s and about 5 feet and 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was unshaven; dirty or unkempt; and wore a gray sweater, gray shorts and possibly a blue beanie.

The bicyclist said it was possible the man was under the influence of alcohol as his movements were not well coordinated when he attempted to grab the handlebars. There have been no similar crimes reported recently in Palo Alto. Detectives are actively investigating the case.

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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 protected] 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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Bicyclist steers clear of attempted robber on bridge

Man was accosted on connection between Palo Alto and Menlo Park

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Mon, Sep 20, 2021, 2:09 pm

Palo Alto police are investigating a Saturday morning robbery attempt after a man reportedly tried to take a bicycle from another man.

The incident occurred at 8:55 a.m. on the pedestrian/bicycle bridge over San Francisquito Creek near the 700 block of Clark Way, police said Monday in a press release. The bridge separates the cities of Menlo Park and Palo Alto and goes through a wooded area.

A man in his 30s was riding his bicycle south when another man blocked his path, demanded the bicycle and attempted to grab the handlebars, police said. The bicyclist was able to get past the man and rode away. As the cyclist left, the man spat on his back and threw a beer can at him, which didn't strike the victim, police said. The attempted robbery was reported to police dispatchers at about 10:45 a.m. The bicyclist wasn't injured.

The perpetrator is described as a Black man in his 30s and about 5 feet and 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was unshaven; dirty or unkempt; and wore a gray sweater, gray shorts and possibly a blue beanie.

The bicyclist said it was possible the man was under the influence of alcohol as his movements were not well coordinated when he attempted to grab the handlebars. There have been no similar crimes reported recently in Palo Alto. Detectives are actively investigating the case.

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 protected] 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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Name hidden
Downtown North

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on Sep 20, 2021 at 8:41 pm
Name hidden, Downtown North

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on Sep 20, 2021 at 8:41 pm

Due to repeated violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are automatically removed. Why?


Dog
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Midtown
on Sep 21, 2021 at 8:26 am
Dog, Midtown
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on Sep 21, 2021 at 8:26 am

Wrong. Similar event and perpetrator happened here in midtown several weeks ago. I know...my daughter videotaped it and we reported it to the police immediately. The bum was after bicyclists on Cowper street around 8am. What if it was your kid?


Bystander
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2021 at 8:40 am
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on Sep 21, 2021 at 8:40 am

These bridges (and tunnels) are dangerous as coordinated criminals are able to wait both ends for a potential target and then both approach from each direction. This has already stopped people using the East Palo Alto pedestrian bridge.

CCTV should be used on all the bridges. Any screams for help cannot be heard over the noise from the traffic.

This is very worrying.


Sue Dremann
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Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Sep 21, 2021 at 8:24 pm
Sue Dremann, Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
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on Sep 21, 2021 at 8:24 pm

Hi Dog,

Would you please contact me about this attempted robbery? I'd like to find out more about what happened. Sue Dremann, staff writer, Palo Alto Weekly. [email protected]


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