Three teenagers accused of punching and attempting to rob a man at Stanford University on Monday evening were arrested by police near Palo Alto High School, but a fourth boy remains on the loose, according to the university's Department of Public Safety.
The man was walking on Lasuen Street near Campus Drive, in the area of Bing Concert Hall, around 6 p.m. when he was approached by the four teenage boys, one of whom reportedly punched his face and tried to take his belongings, according to a public safety alert issued Monday night.
Another boy took out a firearm that he aimed at another man who was walking in the area and possibly interrupted the robbery, according to the alert. The man who was punched then notified authorities through a blue 911 emergency tower and the group of teens left the area on bicycles. The alert didn't indicate if the man needed medical treatment as a result of the punch.
Public safety deputies and Palo Alto police officers set up a perimeter in the area where they located thee of the four boys, all 15-year-olds, but were unable to find the fourth, the alert said. The outstanding suspect is described as about 15 years old and wearing a black hoodie; he was last seen near Palo Alto High. Authorities also found a replica firearm in the area, but didn't say whether it was the same weapon used during the attempted robbery.
In light of the attempted robbery, the department advises the public to be aware of their surroundings; walk or run with a companion; report suspicious activity or behavior by calling 911; avoid distractions such as using a cellphone while on foot; and travel on lighted or paved paths with blue 911 emergency telephone towers.
Anyone with information about Monday's attempted robbery is asked to call the Department of Public Safety at 650-329-2413.