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


Subject :

Masseur Arrested for Sexual Assault
Contact : Con Maloney, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2406
Roy Alberto Melgar booking photo

Palo Alto, CA – Police have arrested a massage therapist for sexual assault.

On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at about 7:59 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a man reporting that his wife, a woman in her forties, had just been sexually assaulted by her masseur at the Spine and Therapy Center at 2504 Ash Street. Police responded immediately and detained the suspect on scene without incident.

The investigation revealed that the suspect had sexually assaulted the victim during a massage appointment. The victim did not sustain any physical injury.

Police booked the suspect, 27-year-old Roy Alberto Melgar of San Mateo, at the Santa Clara County Main Jail for one felony count of sexual penetration. His booking photo is attached to this release.

At this time, police are not aware of any additional victims. The administrative personnel of the business are working collaboratively with detectives, and terminated Melgar upon learning of this investigation.

Anyone who may have 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