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Palo Alto Police Search for Sex Assault Suspect



    Palo Alto Police Search for Sexual Assault Suspect

    Palo Alto police are searching for a suspect who allegedly groped a woman in El Camino Real Saturday morning. The woman was unloading items from her car when she felt a man grab her buttocks. Marianne Favro reports.

    (Published Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018)

    Palo Alto police are searching for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman walking along El Camino Real early Saturday morning, police said.

    Police said that a woman in her 30s was unloading items from her car parked on El Camino Real near Grant Avenue at about 3:20 a.m.

    “As she was walking on el Camino real she felt someone touch her buttocks and then she saw a man she didn't know and he pushed her to the ground and touched her genial S over her clothing," said Janine De La Vega from the Palo Alto Police Department.

    The woman screamed, and her boyfriend came out of the friend's apartment and chased the man to his car a short distance away. The suspect got in the car and drove away eastward on Grant Avenue.

    “I think it's pretty shocking, it's not something you usually hear about,” Mary Biswal from Palo Alto said. “There are a lot of Stanford students who are always walking out here and it's scary to hear about something like that."

    The suspect is described to be 25 to 35 years old, 5-feet-11-inches tall, about 180 pounds with a muscular build. He has dark hair and eyes, and facial hair.

    The woman was not physically injured.

    Anyone with information is urged to call Palo Alto Police's 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413.

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