Suspected purse snatcher on the loose in Palo Alto

PALO ALTO (BCN) — Palo Alto police are investigating a purse snatching near the downtown transit depot early Wednesday morning.

Police said a man robbed the woman of her purse as she was walking on University Avenue after having gotten off a bus around 3 a.m.

The suspect approached the woman from behind, tore the purse from her and knocked her to the ground before fleeing the area.

The woman, who is in her 50s, suffered a minor injury to her knee that did not require immediate medical attention, police said. She reported the robbery later in the day around 1 p.m., according to police.

The suspect, a man believed to be in his mid 20s, remains at large. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Palo Alto police at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent by text message or voicemail to (650) 383-8984.

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