News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Woman Groped Walking on University Avenue; Suspect At Large
Contact : Janine De la Vega, Public Affairs Manager    6503292103

Palo Alto, CA – Police are looking to identify a male suspect who jumped out of his car and sexually battered a female pedestrian. The suspect fled and is at large.

On Monday, June 24, 2019 at 9:03 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a report of a sex crime that had just occurred in the 1200 block of University Avenue. The preliminary investigation revealed that a male suspect driving eastbound on University Avenue stopped his vehicle at Marlowe Street and exited. He approached a female in her twenties who was walking on University Avenue from behind and grabbed her breasts, buttocks, and groin area over her clothing. The victim chased after the suspect, but he ran back to the vehicle he was driving and fled westbound on University Avenue.

The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic or Polynesian male between 23 to 30 years old. He is of medium height and build. He was wearing a t-shirt, cargo shorts and a baseball hat. The suspect vehicle is possibly a 2006-2012 white Audi A4 or A6 sedan with a sunroof and no tint on the windows. The vehicle has California license plates. A still image of the suspect's vehicle is attached to this news release. To view surveillance video of the suspect click on this youtube link.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or