Palo Alto police investigate strong-arm robbery in Borders parking lot

A man robbed a woman of her purse in a Borders bookstore parking lot in Palo Alto on Monday night, police said.

The strong-arm robbery occurred at about 9:35 p.m. in the back parking lot of the Borders in the 500 block of Cowper Street, according to police.

A man approached the 31-year-old victim from behind, pushed her off balance, then pulled her purse from her shoulder and ran away toward Hamilton Avenue, police said.

He was described as a tall, thin Pacific Islander man between 18 and 30 years old, wearing a white or gray hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans.

The victim was not hurt, police said.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the Police Department at (650) 329-2413 or send anonymous tips to Paloalto@tipnow.org.

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