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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Sexual Battery Occurs on College Terrace Sidewalk
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- A man walking a dog yesterday afternoon struck up a conversation with a female pedestrian, walked with her for several blocks, then sexually battered her before fleeing.  The woman sustained no physical injuries and the suspect is at large.

On Thursday, August 7, 2014, at about 6:17 p.m., deputies from the Stanford Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a sexual battery that had just occurred, reportedly near Nixon Elementary School at 1711 Stanford Avenue on the campus of Stanford University.  Deputies responded immediately but were unable to locate the suspect.  After conducting the initial investigation, the deputies determined that the crime actually occurred in the 2300 block of Amherst Street in Palo Alto, and detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department have now picked up the case.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a woman in her fifties, was out for a walk.  She initially observed the suspect walking his dog on California Avenue near Birch Street.  When she was on California Avenue near Williams Street, the suspect walked up to her with his dog and engaged her in conversation.  They walked together westbound on California Avenue for several blocks.  The suspect began making inappropriate comments to the victim, and when they turned right onto Amherst Street, the suspect groped her private parts over her clothing.  When the victim took out her phone, the suspect fled in an unknown direction with his dog.  The victim left the immediate area and called police.

The victim described the suspect as a white male in his mid-twenties, about 6 feet 4 inches tall and 220 pounds.  He was wearing blue jeans and a light blue buttoned shirt with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows.  He has short brown hair and a closely-groomed beard.  He had a tattoo on his right forearm with writing on it.  The suspect's dog was a gray and blue pit bull with white spots on each paw.  The victim estimated the dog was about 80 pounds.  It is possible the victim may be able to meet with a police sketch artist; if that occurs, we will release the sketch as soon as it becomes available.

Detectives are actively investigating this incident and are working with deputies from the Stanford Department of Public Safety.  This case is not related to two other battery cases that occurred in the same area last month; police arrested the suspect in those two cases (click this link for details of that arrest).

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 voice mail to 650-383-8984.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or