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Stanford student fends off attacker on campus

21-year-old female was walking alone near Manzanita Field

A 21-year-old Stanford student fended off an attacker Monday evening after attempting to bite him when he placed his hand over her mouth, Stanford police said.

The student was walking alone at about 6:40 p.m. near Manzanita Field, in the area of the intersection of Campus Drive and Serra Street, according to Stanford Police Lt. Rich Cinfio.

The unidentified suspect approached her from behind, calling out "hey girl' before grabbing her and placing his hand over her mouth, Cinfio said. The student attempted to defend herself by trying to bite the suspect, who then fled, he said.

The suspect was described as a white male, in his 40s, with a thin build, brown hair and a moustache or goatee, wearing a dark jacket.

Anyone with information should contact the Stanford Police at 650-329-2413. Police encourage individuals to walk in pairs, use suggested travel routes, know the locations of the campus emergency bluetower phones and carry a cell phone.

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Posted by bike commuter
a resident of Ventura
on Jan 4, 2011 at 11:10 am

And that is why I carry pepper spray at all times!
10% Oleoresin Capsicum is legal in CA.


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Posted by suspect sketch
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 4, 2011 at 11:24 am

Hope the cops can develop and distribute a sketch of the suspect. Then we can start profiling in our neighborhood.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 4, 2011 at 11:57 am

Does this description sound a bit like the Thanksgiving attack on a young woman in Palo Alto?

Saw a police roadblock on campus this morning, something I rarely see. No signs of an accident, but perhaps related to construction?


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Posted by suspect sketch
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm

You're right. The Thanksgiving Day rapist was a thin white man with dark hair and a goatee.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Whoever he is - & of whatever ethnic background - I hope he is caught soon. Kudos to the victim for biting him & getting away!


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Posted by to crystal
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Ridiculous and pathetic!


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Posted by suspect sketch
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm

There is a sketch of the downtown Palo Alto Thanksgiving rapist here: Web Link

That does match the description of the suspect in the new attack. Two cases were reported to the police, but typically only a fraction of rapes do get reported. Who knows how many other attacks there were? Do we have a serial rapist on the loose in Palo Alto?

If you know anyone who looks like the sketch, please call the police. Let them sort out guilt or innocence. If you suspect someone and do not report it, you are an accomplice to his next attack.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Suspect sketch, thank you for the link. Will keep an eye out when I'm out & about. Glad that I often take a dog w/me. Who knows if he's a serial anything? If it's the same guy, he's at least a serial attacker, maybe w/the intention to rape, or perhaps has gotten away w/it since as you say, so many go unreported. Sounds like he's looking for the perfect opportunity, no?


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Posted by rhody
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm

In the 19th century somebody wrote a "utopian" fiction wherein the victims of crimes were deemed responsible for the crimes. ..."walk in pairs", ..."use suggested routes" We are getting there.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Unless you carry the pepper spray in your hand each time you are out it won't help, sounds like this happened too quickly to use something like that. Biting his hand was the best move here.

Thankfully the victim was not hurt and got a good description.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Yeah, pepper spray isn't always ideal. And once sprayed, the user has to be prepared to breathe it in & try to get away- not an easy combo. Sounds like this young lady did the right thing for her situation. I hope she has a speedy emotional recovery.


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Posted by suspect sketch
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Any update on this crime? Have the police released a sketch of the suspect? Are they tying linking it to the Thanksgiving rape in downtown Palo Alto? Or are they saying there are 2 different white rapists on the loose?


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 6, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Local TV news last night reported that a sketch was being done & would be released. No mention by police or reporters of similar suspect descriptions to the Thanksgiving assault.


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Posted by Been there, try this
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jan 7, 2011 at 5:21 am

All people, especially women..I recommend Tear Gas defensive canisters attached to key rings, and carried in your hand ready to use at all times. Along with a highly defensive posture showing you are alert and aware, and ready to fight.

"Bad guys" are looking for easy marks and can sense someone not ready/prepared/aware.

I was accosted 2 times in 6 months in 2 different countries, thankfully both times shook them off, both times, oddly enough, in daylight with others around.

Took a tear gas class at Foothill college and got my "permit to carry" tear gas. In the class, taught me a ton about posture and attitude when out and walking.

Never even been threatened since then, though I have to travel in all kinds of neighborhoods.

Try it.


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