A female Palo Alto High School student was approached and grabbed by a man near the school on El Camino Real at 7 a.m. Thursday, according to school officials.
The 15-year-old student was reportedly walking alone on the 1400 block of El Camino Real when a man began to walk beside her, making conversation and occasionally "grazing" her with his arms, according to a Palo Alto Police Department press release.
When the student was near Churchill Avenue, the man — who referred to himself as "Jesse" — grabbed her buttocks and twice tried to pull her toward him before she was able to push him away and run to the school.
An announcement of the incident was made to students Thursday morning by school officials.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic or Polynesian male in his early 30's. He was about 5-feet, 9-inches tall, slightly chubby with dark, thinning hair and no facial hair. He was wearing dark blue "carpenter" style jeans, a blue/grey fleece pullover jacket and grey running shoes. He was last seen walking eastbound on Churchill.
A sketch of the suspect will be released as soon as it becomes available.