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


Subject :

Stranger Abduction and Sexual Assault
Contact : Agent Kara Salazar, Palo Alto Police Department    650-269-1098
Palo Alto, CA -- Police detectives are investigating the violent physical abduction and sexual assault of a female victim by an unknown assailant. The kidnapping and sexual assault occurred on May 22, 2010 between the early morning hours of 1:30 am and 5:30 am. 

The victim stopped her vehicle in the 1600 block of El Camino Real, Palo Alto. An unknown suspect forced entry into the victim's vehicle. They drove to the 400 block of Saratoga Avenue in Santa Clara where the suspect sexually assaulted her.

The suspect is described as a male approximately 5'8" to 6’ tall, in his late 20’s or early 30’s, with a thin build. 

The victim’s vehicle is a 2001 black Mercedes ML320, in good condition. The vehicle pictured above is similar to the victim’s vehicle, but is NOT the actual vehicle.

Anyone who may have seen the suspect or the victim’s vehicle in the area of either the 1600 block of El Camino Real in Palo Alto or on the 400 block of Saratoga Avenue in Santa Clara is urged to contact the Palo Alto Police Department.

Witnesses can call the department directly at (650) 329-2413, send an anonymous text or email to, or leave an anonymous voicemail message at (650) 383-8984.