Purse-snatcher on bike drags victim several feet

The purse snatching happened in the 100 block of University Avenue in Palo Alto.
The purse snatching happened in the 100 block of University Avenue in Palo Alto.

By the Daily Post staff

A man on his bicycle grabbed the purse of a woman who was looking at her phone while walking on University Avenue, police say.

It happened at 8:55 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 11) in the 100 block of University Avenue, between Emerson and Alma streets.

The woman held on to her purse and was dragged by the bicyclist for several feet, police said. She finally let go of her purse but chased the robber while screaming for help. The robber fled north on High Street on his bicycle, and police are searching for him.

Police are checking surveillance video taken by cameras in the area.

Description

The victim described the robber as a tall black man in his 20s with a thin build. He is approximately 6-feet-1, weighing 170 pounds with short curly black hair. He was wearing a charcoal gray jacket and black pants.

Anyone with information about the incident can call police at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voicemail to (650) 383-8984.