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


Subject :

Battery Reported on Levee at Open Space Preserve
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Two men got into a fight on a levee at the Palo Alto Baylands Open Space Preserve after the suspect exposed himself to the victim's girlfriend.

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at about 2:51 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of a battery that had just occurred at the Palo Alto Baylands Open Space Preserve.  Officers responded to the area immediately, but could not find the suspect.

The investigation revealed that the victims, a man in his twenties and an adult woman in her teens, were walking together on a levee approaching the nature interpretive center.  They saw the suspect sitting on a bench, and sat down next to him to take a break.  After some brief conversation, the suspect then began to "pat down" the male victim as if searching for a weapon.  The victims immediately stood up and began to walk away.  When they were about 40 feet away, the suspect yelled out to them.  The female victim looked back and saw the suspect exposing his penis at her.  When her boyfriend produced his phone to call 9-1-1, the suspect approached and punched him repeatedly in the face and upper body.  The victim fought back in an effort to defend himself.  The victim reported losing consciousness momentarily, but he quickly came to and was able to get away from the suspect.  The victims walked towards the interpretive center and then called police.

The male victim sustained minor injuries to his face and bruising to one of his hands.  Personnel from the Palo Alto Fire Department transported him to a local hospital for treatment.  The female victim did not participate in the fight and was not injured.

The victims described the suspect as a Hispanic or Pacific Islander male, 20 to 25 years old, and about 5 feet 7 inches tall with a heavy build.  He was unshaven and had short black hair.  He was wearing a black tank top with “Stanford” written on the front, and dark-colored sweat pants.  No suspect sketch will be forthcoming.

Detectives are still attempting to determine the motive behind the assault.

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