Palo Alto police: Man groped in Macy's restroom


Palo Alto police are looking for a man who they say groped another man in a restroom at the Macy's department store, at 180 El Camino Real.

On Wednesday, Feb. 11, at noon, the police department's 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a man reporting that he had been groped inside the department store restroom. Officers responded to the area, but were unable to locate the suspect, described as a Hispanic male in his 30s with a medium build. He was wearing a red sweatshirt and brown carpenter-style pants.

Investigators said the victim was standing at the urinal when the suspect entered the restroom. The suspect grabbed the man's butt over his clothing and then peeped over the urinal partition at the man's exposed penis. When the victim objected to the man's behavior, he left the restroom, police said. The suspect was last seen exiting the department store.

Police said they are exploring the possibility that this case is related to Monday's incident in which a woman was photographed while using the restroom at Cubberley Community Center.

Because of the poor quality of a surveillance image of the suspect, a sketch of the man may be forthcoming, police said.

Anyone with information pertaining to the incident is asked to call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

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8 people like this
Posted by shocked
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 11, 2015 at 10:29 pm

I am shocked that Macy's surveillance cameras are so terrible.

5 people like this
Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 12, 2015 at 2:52 am

Can't definitively comment on image resolution unless distance to the subject is known. Looks to me like maybe a 50 x 100 pixel crop from a perfectly focused 640 x 480 VGA frame covering a 60-degree field of view, of a subject fifty feet away. And then 5x up-sampled for the photo above. From his shadow, he is apparently still outdoors in sunlight. Wonder what happened to the video when he got closer to the door or inside the store?

6 people like this
Posted by Eeeeeek!
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 12, 2015 at 11:10 am

How humiliating for the victim!

How can he ever use a public restroom or sh at Macy's again?

How can such an e pensive store have such lousy surveillance?

7 people like this
Posted by RW
a resident of another community
on Feb 12, 2015 at 3:28 pm

EEEK-Your response of "how humiliating for the victim" is concerning.

I respect this man for coming forward as the survivor of a sexual assault. He has no reason to feel humiliated.

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Posted by Eeeeeeek!
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 12, 2015 at 6:47 pm

I meant that the act which was perpetrated against him is an humiliating act.

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