Police release new details in Stanford assault

Police say victim was sleeping when suspect entered her bedroom

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.

— Palo Alto Online staff

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Posted by sketch?
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Are the cops working on an sketch of the suspect? Any facial hair?

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Posted by Commander McBragg
a resident of another community
on Apr 13, 2011 at 8:23 pm

If you poke the guy in the eyes, the attack will be over instantly.

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 14, 2011 at 11:09 am

> If you poke the guy in the eyes, the attack will be over instantly.

The benefit of the doubt says you are trying to be helpful, but since the attack already happened that smacks of blame the victim or worse.

That comment takes the issue off point. It likely does no good to help or support the victim and it does not help catch the dirtbag perpetrator.

I wonder how many men would even consider that something like that might happen to them or how they feel if they are criticized in the way they might handle it? I sure don't but I think I can imagine how horrible it would be if I think about it for a while.

What a creep for someone to do that, I hope they catch him and prosecute them to the fullest extent.

Another thing to consider is maybe most real human being cannot see making the choice to blind someone for life, or to risk making someone mad enough to be put into a rage where they might kill them. Telling someone to blind someone or kick them or fight really does not seem helpful here.

Let's hope the police can work the case and find this SOB and make and example of him.

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Does the current available description fit the description of any of the local sex offenders?

I can't seem to find the online database.

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Posted by sleuth
a resident of Southgate
on Apr 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm

The description doesn't sound like your typical thug. I'd be looking at Stanford students. Maybe someone she crosses paths with on a regular basis, but doesn't know.

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Posted by Commander McBragg
a resident of another community
on Apr 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I was not criticizing anyone for anything. I was giving people a little lesson in self-defense. This is an established self-defense technique recommended by experts. I read it in a book on self-defense. You don't have to blind someone, although I would recommend not worrying about that. Only worry about defending yourself. I don't think that makes me less than a real person, I think that makes me a person with the will to defend himself.

How do you know what's going to happen when you get attacked? Are you going to be killed at some point? You have to fight with all you have and not worry about the welfare of your attacker. Don't be a victim, and don't worry about some bozo criticizing you for being "mean" to your attacker.

Advising someone to fight back "does not seem helpful here" is ridiculous.

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Posted by Fleur de Lis
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 16, 2011 at 12:18 am

Years ago there was a self-defense course for women taught at a local community college, and poking the attacker in the eyes was one of the things taught to do in such an event. So, I agree with the Commander that it is appropriate to do. What are women supposed to do, sit back and plead like a victim, when that is what the perp likes? These attacks are about power.

So, I agree that people shouldn't worry about making the attacker mad, or being mean, women need to be emboldened to defend themselves and not be victimized. It is an established self defense strategy taught by the experts. Follow it. It is definitely counterproductive and harmful to suggest that women should worry about being mean...that is ridiculous! So, kick the attacker, knee them in the groin, and poke 'em in the eyes. It is not the victim's problem if the person goes blind. Use your finger or a pen.

Good advice Commander McBragg

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Posted by scout
a resident of Atherton
on Jun 3, 2011 at 7:59 am

Fight like crazy. If he knocks ya out, even better. If he kills ya, he probably would have if you did NOT fight.

Apples? Strange. I feel sorry for any fat Indian dudes that wear apple cologne.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Folks - get real - the guy held the woman down. What's she supposed to attack him or poke him with? But somehow, she did struggle against him & he got away. So what's w/the Monday morning quarterbacking? I know the dear Commander, whose comments I normally enjoy, was trying to be helpful, but it came off as insensitive. Clearly, this victim; rather, survivor, took care of the issue, because she fought him off.

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