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Palo Alto Police Department
Thursday May 30th, 2019 :: 07:36 p.m. PDT


News Release: Police Seek Suspect in Sexual Battery on Bike Trail

Police are looking to identify a man who sexually battered a woman who was running on the Los Altos-Palo Alto Bike Path.

On Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 7:45 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a report of a sexual battery that had just occurred on the Los-Altos-Palo Alto Bike Path behind Terman Park. The victim in her twenties reported she was running south toward Los Altos Avenue from Arastradero Road when she saw a man running towards her. The man ran past her and slapped her with an open palm on her buttocks area. The victim yelled at the suspect and he just stared back at her and kept running. Police searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.

The victim described the suspect as white male in his early twenties, approximately six feet three inches tall with long brown hair that was pulled back. He was wearing a grey shirt with the word “STAFF” written on the back and black basketball shorts. He was holding a phone and had headphones over his ears. If the victim is able to work with a police artist to produce a sketch, we will release it as soon as it becomes available.

Detectives are actively investigating. They do not think this is related to any previous sexual battery cases.

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 voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or

Palo Alto Police Department
275 Forest Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 650-329-2406

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