A purse snatcher knocked a woman to the ground and punched her in the face several times while trying to steal her purse early Sunday morning. But she fought back, kicking him in the midsection. He fled empty-handed. The woman leapt to her feet and chased after him for several blocks before he finally got away.
The suspect’s escape route went right past the police department, where the woman stopped and screamed for help. A department employee went outside and helped the woman. Despite scouring the area, the suspect got away.
The unnamed woman, who is in her 30s, was taken to the hospital to be treated for facial injuries suffered in the beating.
The attack happened in the 200 block of Homer Avenue in downtown Palo Alto at 1:17 a.m. Police noted that the woman was listening to music and had both ears covered with headphones so that she didn’t hear her attacker coming.
“Police recommend that people remain aware of their surroundings when out for walks, and report suspicious behavior immediately to 9-1-1,” Officer Ron Harris said in a printed statement. “And while it may not prevent a robbery, police also recommend that pedestrians and joggers not cover both ears with headphones, so as to be better aware of their surroundings and anyone who may be approaching them from behind.”
Police have not released a sketch of the suspect who was described as having dark skin, over six feet tall, wearing dark pants and a dark hooded sweatshirt or jacket.
If you have information about this crime call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.
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