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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Police Seek Suspect in Sexual Battery Case
Contact : Marco Estrada, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – A man grabbed a woman's breasts inside her home after he offered to do gardening work for her.  The victim was not injured, and the suspect is at large.

On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at about 2:30 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a resident in the 3400 block of Kenneth Drive reporting that she had been the victim of a sexual battery that had occurred about three hours earlier.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a woman in her seventies who was home alone at the time, answered a knock at her door.  The suspect asked her if she needed any gardening work done.  She invited the suspect into her home, and together they walked through the house into the backyard.  They discussed what gardening work needed to be done, but could not come to an agreement.  As she walked the suspect back through her home, he told her he also gave massages.  Despite the victim telling him she was not interested, he began to massage her neck and shoulders anyway.  She told him to stop and that she was going to call the police.  He then grabbed her breasts over her clothing before she elbowed him away from her and again threatened to call the police.  The man then left, and drove away in a truck.  The victim was not injured, and later called police.

The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male between 30 and 40 years of age, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, and about 170 pounds.  He had short straight black hair and was wearing a t-shirt and blue jeans.  The victim described his vehicle as a green pick-up truck with writing on the side that may have begun with the word "Red."  If a sketch of the suspect is produced, we will release that as soon as it is available.

Detectives have been actively investigating this crime.  There have been no similar cases in Palo Alto recently.  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