Palo Alto police arrested four teenagers Monday night after they allegedly robbed a woman from the Stanford Mall and attempted to take her car, the department said in a news release on Tuesday.
The woman was sitting in her parked car around 6 p.m. when one of the teenagers allegedly came through the passenger door and asked for her purse and keys. A second teenage girl opened the driver’s side door and also demanded her purse.
The woman left her belongings and fled on foot. She saw that a total of four people were now inside her car, police said. The victim and a good Samaritan returned and saw the teenagers trying unsuccessfully to start the car. The group of four fled on foot to El Camino Real after noticing they were being watched, she told police. The woman was not injured.
A police sergeant spotted four men matching the description of the suspected car thieves at the Caltrain station in downtown Palo Alto and arrested them. One of the teenagers had the woman’s stolen property in his possession, police said.
Three of the boys are 16 and one is 14. All are Oakland residents, police said. They were incarcerated in Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of theft, attempted carjacking and conspiracy, all of which are felonies. Their names and booking photos are not being released due to their ages, police said.