Posted: Wednesday, November 25th, 2020, 8:06 am PST
Type of Incident Reported: Battery

Date/Time of Incident: 11/24/20 at approximately 9 P.M.
Date Reported to DPS: 11/24/20

Location: Pathway along El Camino Real near Churchill Mall

Suspect Information: White male between 30 and 50 years of age, with a bald head and a beard. The suspect was wearing shorts and looked unkempt.

Additional Details: The victim reported to SUDPS that she was riding her bike down the path when the suspect appeared and attempted to grab her off her bike as she went past. His hand made contact with her waist as she went by. Though the suspect did not say anything at the time, SUDPS received another report from a bicyclist in the area that a man with the same description had stepped into the path yelling vulgarities as he rode by. SUDPS deputies and Palo Alto Police searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

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Safety Recommendations:

Report suspicious activity or behavior immediately by dialing 911, 9-911 from a campus phone, or activating a blue 911 emergency tower.

Be aware of your surroundings and know your location at all times.

Avoid distractions such as talking or texting with a cell phone when on foot.

Walk or run on lighted and paved paths with the blue 911 emergency telephone towers. Refer to the Suggested Routes Map at:

Walk or run in pairs or groups, especially at night.

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