By the staff of the Daily Post
Palo Alto Police announced today that they have arrested a parolee after he allegedly assaulted and robbed a man in his 60s at the downtown train station.
Jesse Clay Camper III, 34, of Oakland was sentenced to Santa Clara County Jail for theft and elder abuse (both crimes) and for resisting arrest (one misdemeanor). Camper is on active parole for a robbery conviction, police said.
At 1:41 a.m. Friday, May 21, 911 dispatchers received a call from a man who said he had just been assaulted and robbed at the 95 University Ave station.
Officers responded immediately, but the perpetrator fled and was not immediately located.
The victim told police his attacker approached him as he was about to sleep on the train platform and accused him of stealing his cell phone.
The assailant, who was not known to the victim before, kicked the victim in the leg and then punched him in the head.
The assailant then took off his belt and punched the victim in the face with it, police said.
The perpetrator stole the victim’s backpack, which contained an iPad and blankets, and fled on foot.
The victim, along with a witness to the theft, pursued but quickly lost sight of the suspect as he ran east on Lytton Avenue.
The victim was not physically injured.
About two hours later, at 3:28 a.m., a patroller located a man matching the suspect’s description standing outside the downtown 7-Eleven at 401 Waverley Street.
When officers went to detain the man for investigation, he physically resisted police and refused to comply with instructions, police said. Officers were able to take him into custody without resorting to force beyond their control, police said. Due to the suspect’s continued resistive behavior, officers had to place him in a safety restraint, according to polkice.
“The suspect also threatened to spit on the police and said he would fight the police if he was not handcuffed,” police said.
The suspect no longer had the victim’s backpack, which remains unresolved.
While in custody, the suspect said he had difficulty breathing. Officers summoned paramedics from the Palo Alto Fire Department, who took the suspect to hospital. He received a medical clearance for incarceration shortly thereafter, police said.