Palo Alto police seek purse-snatching suspect


Police say he attacked twice last Wednesday evening in the downtown area. First, he grabbed the purse of a woman dining outdoors on Unversity Avenue.

Then, 15 minutes later he attempted to snatch the purse of a woman at a bus stop at Quarry and Palo Roads.

Witnesses say the suspect is a male in his late teens or early twenties, about 6-feet tall, with a thin build. They said he was clean-shaven. He was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans and may have been wearing a white hat.

The suspect's bicycle was dark in color, and may have had whitewall tires.

No one has been injured.

Anyone with information about either of these crimes is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

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