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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 0312201301
Subject :

Armed Robbery and Sexual Assault Occurs Inside Hotel Room
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police    650-329-2413
Surveillance Photo of Suspect
Palo Alto, CA -- A suspect armed with a knife who had pre-arranged to meet a woman inside a hotel room robbed her of cash, then committed a sexual assault.  He also attempted to rob an associate of the woman as he left the hotel room.  There were no injuries.  Police are asking for the public's assistance with identifying the suspect.

On Saturday, March 9, 2013, at about 8:40 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call reporting a robbery that had occurred about 10 minutes earlier at the Glass Slipper Inn at 3941 El Camino Real.  Officers responded to the area but were not able to locate the suspect, despite an extensive check using a police canine from the Mountain View Police Department.

The investigation revealed that the suspect had contacted the female victim after finding her advertisement for massages on an online service and calling her to arrange for a meeting in a specific room at the hotel.  The suspect had no prior contacts with either of the victims.  Once inside the hotel room with the first victim (a woman in her fifties), the man immediately produced a knife and ordered the victim to give him all of her money.  After she complied, he ordered her to participate in a sex act with him.

After the sexual assault, the suspect left the hotel room and immediately encountered an associate of the victim sitting on a chair nearby.  He brandished the knife at that woman, who is in her forties, and demanded money from her also.  The second victim had no money to give him, and the suspect then walked away on foot northbound on the east sidewalk of El Camino Real.  Neither victim was injured during this incident.

The victims described the suspect as an Asian male in his thirties or forties.  He was between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall with a medium build.  He was wearing blue jeans and a brown hooded sweatshirt.  A surveillance photo of the suspect is attached to this press release.  Police hope to be able to release a higher-resolution image soon.

Detectives are actively investigating this case.  Detectives believe the suspect specifically targeted the first victim and planned in advance to commit his crimes against her, and that the robbery attempt outside the hotel room was unplanned.

There is no known or suspected link between this incident and the other recent robberies that have occurred in Palo Alto.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect.  Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity or these crimes can contact 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.