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


Subject :

Former Hospital Housekeeping Employee Arrested for Sexual Battery
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Police have arrested a former hospital housekeeping employee for sexually battering another employee working at the hospital.

On Wednesday, March 26, 2016, at about 3:11 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of a sexual battery that had just occurred in a waiting room of Stanford Hospital at 300 Pasteur Drive.  Police responded right away, but could not locate the suspect.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a man in his twenties employed by a contractor working at the hospital, had been taking a nap in a waiting room in the middle of working a double shift.  He was awakened by someone rubbing his shoulders and back.  Before he could stop the suspect, the suspect quickly slid his hands down the victim's pants and touched his genitals.  The victim shoved the suspect away, and the suspect walked away quickly.  The victim told police he had seen the suspect around the hospital before, and believed him to be a hospital employee.

The administration of Stanford Health Care worked collaboratively with detectives to identify the suspect as 56-year-old Luis Enrique Ramirez of San Jose.  At the time of the incident, Ramirez worked as a housekeeping employee for the hospital.  At the conclusion of the police investigation, detectives presented the case to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, who filed charges against the suspect.  An arrest warrant for misdemeanor sexual battery was obtained in May 2016, and on May 26, the suspect self-surrendered on the warrant at the Santa Clara County Main Jail.  His booking photo is attached to this release.

Detectives are not aware of any additional victims.  Anyone with information about this suspect 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