Attempted rape reported at Mountain View motel

Victim not hurt in attack at Tropicana Lodge, police searching for suspect

Police are searching for a man accused of sexually assaulting a female employee of a Mountain View motel on Sunday (Nov. 13).

According to police spokeswoman Liz Wylie, the 49-year-old housekeeper and Mountain View resident was cleaning a room at about 11:50 a.m. at the Tropicana Lodge -- located at 1720 W. El Camino Real -- when a man came in and insisted that she come take a look at something in the adjacent room. As the victim looked in the door, the man pushed her into the room, closing the door behind him.

The man kissed the woman against her will and exposed himself, "repeatedly asking her to have sex with him," Wylie wrote in a press release. Shortly afterward, the man became "preoccupied with something around his waist" and the woman was able to push him away and escape from the room. She was not hurt in the attack.

She hid in a nearby empty room, reported the attack to the front desk and called 9-1-1, Wylie said.

Police know that the man who rented the room in which the assault occurred lives in Southern California. He checked out around the time of the assault, but it is unclear whether he was the one who attacked the housekeeper. He was gone by the time police arrived, Wylie said.

The suspect is described as a white male of medium height and build in his 20s, Wylie said. He has blond hair and was wearing blue jeans.

Wylie said anyone with information that may help police find the suspect should call 650-903-6344. All callers may remain anonymous.

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Posted by mug shot?
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm

The hotel must have surveillance cameras. Please post photos of the suspect so we can watch out for him. Blond hair in his 20s is kind of vague.

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Posted by raceer
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Nov 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm

kind of vague?? . white guy is the description. but they still harass people who arent ''blond with blue jeans''.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Nov 17, 2011 at 11:37 am

Looks like DSK is striking again!

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Posted by calistmv1
a resident of Mountain View
on Nov 19, 2011 at 2:37 am

If this was a "Latino" man - this whole page would of been filled with racism, but since the discription mentioned "Blonde" - no big deal.

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Posted by agree
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 19, 2011 at 9:19 am

I agree with calistmv1. Anytime there is a non-white suspect, this forum is full of rage about the crime and calls for racial profiling. When there is a white suspect, no one cares.

Is the lack of photo or artist sketch a sign that even the media and police don't care?

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I agree that if the suspect was not white, there would be racially oriented posts filling this thread.

What a horrifying incident for the victim! I am sure that there has been or will be others. He purposely lured her, demonstrating that it was a planned crime & exploiting her customer service role, but it sounds like she was cautious all along.

Kudos to this victim for getting away. I hope her employer manages somehow to keep her safer at work.

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