Palo Alto police on Tuesday searched a section of the Ventura neighborhood for a man who allegedly made a lewd comment to a passing pedestrian and then grabbed her from behind.
The woman screamed, ran into a nearby business and told the owner what happened. The owner and the woman then went outside to look for the suspects but could not find them. They called the police, who came to the area but were also unable to spot the two men.
The woman described the man who grabbed her as a white male in his 40s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. She said he had a "ruddy complexion," looked "dirty" in appearance, and was wearing a brown flannel jacket and a dark, square-shaped hat with a small brim. His companion was a white male in his 30s, about 170 to 180 pounds, with blond hair and a mustache.
Police said there had been no other cases of this sort reported recently in Palo Alto.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 650-329-2413, e-mailed anonymous tips to email@example.com or send tips by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.
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