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Stanford police release sketch of assault suspect

21-year-old student fended off assailant Jan. 3

Stanford police released a sketch of a man who assaulted a student on campus Monday evening (Jan. 3).

The incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. when a 21-year-old female student was walking alone near Manzanita field near Campus Drive and Serra Street.

A man approached her from behind, calling out, "Hey, girl!" He grabbed her and placed his hand over her mouth, Stanford Police Lt. Rich Cinfio said. The student defended herself by trying to bite the suspect, who then fled, he said.

The student called 911 from a nearby blue emergency tower phone. There were no witnesses.

The suspect was described as a white male in his 40s, approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a thin build and a brown goatee. He was wearing a brown or black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up.

Anyone with information is urged to call Stanford Police Detective Ceasar Campus at 650-725-2139.

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 John
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 7, 2011 at 10:16 am

> The student called 911 from a nearby blue emergency tower phone.
> There were no witnesses.

Given that the campus can be empty of people at many times of the day, you'd think that Stanford might install some surveillance cameras around the grounds, and perhaps in those towers where the blue panic phones are installed.

It's really odd that the City of Palo Alto continues to dismiss surveillance cameras too--particularly in the downtown areas.


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Posted by different rapist?
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 7, 2011 at 11:49 am

Looks somewhat older than the Thanksgiving Day rapist: Web Link

Both suspects are thin white guys with a dark hair and a goatee.

Different guy? Or an issue with lighting (both attacks were after dark in poorly lit areas).


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Posted by gio
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm

630pm is not that late for this area, this guy is bold and dangerous and will no doubt strike again given the opportunity, young women especially need to learn how to protect themselves in these situations, there is a lot you can do to not become a victim.


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Posted by wow
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 8, 2011 at 2:57 am

good thing i wasnt around...good ol vigilante style


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Posted by different rapist?
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 26, 2011 at 11:29 am

Stanford police have concluded that this rapist is a different person from the Palo Alto Thanksgiving day rapist: Web Link

Both suspects are thin white men with dark hair and a goatee. Be on the lookout. If you know anyone that matches either police sketch, please call the police.


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