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Palo Alto Police Department
Wednesday October 2nd, 2019 :: 10:26 a.m. PDT


News Release: Police Looking for Suspects in Strong Arm Robbery at Airbnb Property

Police are looking to identify three suspects who pushed a homeowner to the ground and robbed him at the Airbnb property he owned.

On Sunday, September 29, 2019 at around 1:45 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a 9-1-1 hang up call and sent officers to investigate. The preliminary investigation revealed that the male victim in his sixties went to check on his Airbnb rental in the 100 block of Tennyson Avenue after receiving notifications that his smoke alarm had been activated. The victim had rented the property for the night which was supposed to be occupied by two people. When he arrived that morning at 12:30 a.m., he found a party was being held and there were approximately 40 people inside his rental property. The victim walked around the house asking people to leave, but some refused. Two male suspects approached the victim in a bedroom and pushed the victim to the ground. They grabbed his wallet and mobile phone and ran away. A person attending the party helped locate both items and returned them to the victim.

As the victim attempted to call 9-1-1, he was approached a second time by a third male suspect who pushed him and stole his mobile phone and an undisclosed amount of money located in his front pants pocket. This suspect also ran away. The victim was uninjured.

Detectives are actively investigating this case. The victim described the third suspect as a black male, between 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighing 160 to 170 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and was wearing a dark colored sweat jacket, and orange colored pants. The other two suspects are also described as black males between 20 to 25 years old.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or

Palo Alto Police Department
275 Forest Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 650-329-2406

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