Police are investigating reports of an attempted sexual assault in Palo Alto early Thursday morning.
At 12:30 a.m., a girl was walking in the 100 block of Alma Street after having pizza with friends when she was allegedly knocked down from behind by a man who tried to pull down her pants and assault her, police said.
The victim screamed and fought off the man, who fled on Alma Street along nearby train tracks, possibly through El Palo Alto Park, police said. The victim ran toward El Camino Real and found her mother.
The suspect is described as white, 6 feet and 1 inch tall, 175 pounds, and in his late 20s or early 30s. He had short dark hair and a well-groomed goatee. He was seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information on the suspect or incident is requested to call Palo Alto police at 650-329-2413.