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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Detectives Identify Suspect Wanted for Harassing Boy on Sidewalk
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Detectives have tracked down and identified a man wanted for harassing an 11-year-old boy on a sidewalk on Monday afternoon, and will be sending the case to the District Attorney's Office to review for any criminal charges.

On Monday, November 7, 2016, at about 3:23 p.m., our officers began investigating a case where an unknown suspect had approached an 11-year-old boy in the 700 block of Colorado Avenue, put one hand on his shoulder and asked his name before the boy ran away.  The victim said the suspect was a Hispanic male with facial hair and an accent.

After obtaining and reviewing video surveillance footage of the incident, detectives were able to identify a possible suspect.  On Tuesday, November 8, detectives contacted the suspect, a construction worker in his twenties who matched the description provided by the victim, at his jobsite on a nearby street.  Police obtained a statement from him, and will be submitting a complete investigation to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office so they can review the case for any criminal charges.

As the conduct described by the victim could be a misdemeanor, police are not allowed by state law to make an arrest for a misdemeanor that is not committed in their presence.  As such, and per standard police procedure, the District Attorney’s Office will review the case.  Since no arrest has occurred, police will not be identifying the suspect, his precise age, or his city of residence.  If the District Attorney’s Office file charges and the suspect is later arrested, we will identify the suspect at that future point.

Detectives do not believe this suspect is connected to the similar incident that occurred in Palo Alto on October 17.

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