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Police Release Sketch of Suspect Who Attacked and Robbed Victim in Palo Alto

Police in Palo Alto are continuing to seek a suspect who knocked a man down to the ground Friday evening before robbing him.

Police today released a sketch of the suspect, who they described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighed around 225 pounds.

According to police, the victim, a man in his 20s, was walking about 8:15 p.m. on a path that parallels railroad tracks between Churchill Avenue and the University Avenue transit center.

As the victim was walking southbound and texting on his phone, three men approached him near Encina Avenue, police said.

One of the men then pushed him to the ground and repeatedly punched his face, while ordering him to hand over his iPhone and AirPods.

After taking the items, the trio fled north toward downtown, police said.

An employee at a nearby business heard the victim's yells and found him with a bloodied face and called police.

Officers, with the help of a canine from the Mountain View Police Department, searched for the suspects but were unsuccessful, according to police.

The victim was treated for cuts and swelling to his face and later released.

The other two suspects, both of whom did not physically attack the victim, were described as Hispanic men also in their 20s, both 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing around 180 pounds, police said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Palo Alto Police Department at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be given by voicemail or text at (650) 383-8984 or at

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