New details have emerged in the Saturday (April 9) sexual assault of a woman in a graduate-student apartment at Stanford University's Escondido Village.
Stanford police said a man entered the apartment at about 9:40 p.m. and sexually assaulted the woman, who had been sleeping in her bedroom. The man "tried to hold the victim down as he assaulted her," police said. The woman resisted and the man fled, according to police. A K-9 from the Palo Alto Police Department tracked a scent from the apartment to the area of El Camino Real and Churchill Avenue in Palo Alto shortly after the attack, though the assailant was not found.
Police said the attacker may have entered the apartment through an unlocked door. The victim initially described the man as a dark-skinned male, possibly black, about 30 years old.
"Upon further reflection and discussion, the victim believes the suspect is more likely to be Asian Indian," police said.
The attacker is described as a dark-skinned male, possibly Asian Indian, about 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a chubby build, short, wavy black hair and a rounded nose. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a dark T-shirt. The victim "remembers smelling scent similar to apples at the time of the attack," police said.
Anyone with information about the attack is urged to call the Stanford Department of Public Safety at 650-723-9633 or 650-329-2413.