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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Police Departments Team Up, Arrest Werry Park Battery Suspect
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Ahmad Esfandyarpour booking photo
Palo Alto, CA -- On Thursday morning, detectives arrested a suspect for the July 11 battery of a woman at a College Terrace neighborhood park, days after deputies from the Stanford Department of Public Safety arrested the same man when he committed a similar crime on the Stanford University campus.

On Friday, July 11, 2014, at about 11:28 a.m., a woman in her thirties called our 24-hour dispatch center to report that a man had approached her at Werry Park at 2100 Dartmouth Street, engaged her in conversation, and then aggressively touched and kissed her before she was able to shove him away.  The victim worked with a police sketch artist, and we released that sketch to the public on July 13.

On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at about 11:20 a.m., a woman in her twenties reported to Stanford police that she had just been the victim of a similar crime in the 100 block of Peter Coutts Circle on the Stanford University campus.  The victim reported that a man had approached her, engaged her in conversation, and asked if she was married or had a boyfriend.  He asked her to sit next to him on a nearby bench, which she declined.  When she began to walk away, the man reached out to shake her hand.  To be kind, she took his hand to shake it.  He then forcefully grabbed her hand, pulled her close to him, and leaned in as if to try to kiss her.  The victim shoved his face away, and he left on foot.  The victim called the police to report what had happened, and provided a description of the suspect.

At about 11:36 a.m., a deputy from the Stanford Department of Public Safety spotted a man matching the suspect's description walking away from the area and detained him for investigation at Stanford Avenue and Raimundo Way.  Detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department responded to the scene, and noted that the suspect appeared to be similar to the sketch from the Werry Park incident.  The two crimes also occurred within one-half mile of one another.  Following additional investigation, the Stanford deputy arrested the suspect for misdemeanor battery and booked him into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department conducted follow-up investigation that ultimately connected the suspect to the Werry Park crime.  On July 30, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office filed one count of misdemeanor battery against the suspect for the Werry Park incident, and detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest.

On Thursday, July 31, 2014, at about 9:00 a.m., detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department arrested the suspect without incident in the 200 block of Santiago Avenue in Redwood City pursuant to the warrant.  Detectives booked 58-year-old Ahmad Esfandyarpour of Stanford into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for a single count of misdemeanor battery.  A booking photo of the suspect from that arrest is attached to this release.

"This case is a great example of neighboring police departments working together to solve a problem that affected both of our communities," said Lieutenant Zach Perron of the Palo Alto Police Department.

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