A 73-year-old woman out for a walk on Monday night in Menlo Park was beaten by a teenage boy after he asked for a cigarette, and she said she didn't have one, police said.
As the woman walked along the 200 block of Lexington Drive around 9 p.m., the boy rode up on a bicycle and asked for a cigarette. After saying she didn't have any, she told him he looked too young and healthy to smoke, according to police.
The boy rode away, but returned a short time later. He punched the woman in the back and face, knocking her to the ground, and fled on his bike.
A couple of residents heard the woman yell and ran to help her, police said. She did not need to be taken to a hospital.
The victim described her assailant as Hispanic, and about 16 years old, with a medium build, and no taller than 6 feet. He wore a dark baseball cap, two-toned dark jacket, and jeans, according to the police report.