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Palo Alto Police Seek Armed Suspect In Downtown Purse Snatching

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Suspected Purse Snatcher

Police sketch of suspected purse snatcher. (Palo Alto Police Dept.)

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PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — A woman walking home from downtown Palo Alto had her purse stolen at gunpoint Thursday night, police said.

The woman was walking in the 300 block of Ramona Street when a lone gunman approached her and a friend from behind around 11 p.m. The suspect showed a small handgun and demanded the woman’s purse, police said.

The woman complied and the suspect fled in a car. The car was parked a short distance away with a lone driver inside. Police described the vehicle as a light-colored late 1980s or early 90s Chevy two-door sedan. It was last seen driving northbound on Ramona Street.

Police canvassed the area for the suspect and vehicle but were
unable to locate either.

No injuries were reported during the robbery.

Anyone with information about the purse robber is encouraged to call the department at (650) 329-2413.

Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org. Anonymous voicemails and texts can be sent to (650) 383-8984.

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