Sketch released of man wanted in Palo Alto purse snatching

Sunday, January 5, 2020
Sketch of Palo Alto purse snatcher released.
A sketch has been released of a man wanted for a purse snatching in Palo Alto.

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Police on Saturday released a sketch of a man suspected of grabbing a woman's purse and dragging her several feet last month on University Avenue in Palo Alto.

The woman was looking down at her phone while walking in the 100 block of University about 9 p.m. December 11, when the suspect rode up from behind and grabbed her purse, Palo Alto police said.

The woman held on and was dragged several feet before letting go.

She chased the suspect while screaming for help, as the robber rode away north on High Street, police said.

The victim met with a police artist, resulting in a sketch of the suspect on Saturday.

The suspect is described as a black man in his mid-forties with a thin build, short curly black hair, about 6-feet-1 and weighing 170 pounds.

The suspect was wearing a charcoal gray jacket and black pants. The model of the bicycle he was riding is unknown.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the police 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413.

Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voicemail to (650) 383-8984.