Police: Girl groped in Palo Alto market

Man reportedly followed victim while she was shopping with her mother

Palo Alto police are looking for a man who allegedly followed and groped a 12-year-old girl while she was shopping with her mother at a Stanford Shopping Center food market on Sunday afternoon.

The girl was reportedly inside Sigona's Farmer's Market with her mother shortly after 2 p.m. when a man walked up behind them, police said. Surveillance footage showed the man twice brushing up against the girl's buttocks with the back of his hand while reaching for some items on a nearby shelf.

Shortly after this incident, the girl walked to a different aisle, away from her mother. The man reportedly followed her, then walked behind her and squeezed her buttocks over her clothing. The girl immediately told her mother what happened and they looked for the man but could not find him, police said.

The victim and her mother notified the police about the sexual battery at about 3:45 p.m. Police have released the surveillance image of the man, who was described as a white male in his 40s, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and with a heavy build. The man was reportedly wearing a long-sleeved maroon buttoned shirt with a plaid design, dark shorts with cargo pockets and dark sneakers.

Police said they have not encountered any similar incidents recently in Palo Alto. They are asking the public for help in identifying the suspect and are encouraging anyone who witnesses or experiences sexual battery to immediately call the police.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or

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Posted by parent
a resident of Community Center
on Apr 27, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Glad that this store has a decent security camera. This guy should be easy to identify. Lock him up and throw away the key before he becomes a more violent sex offender.

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Posted by Slow Down
a resident of Community Center
on Apr 27, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Slow Down is a registered user.

Wow, much better image quality than the usual blurry black and white we often get. Hope it quickly leads to his arrest.

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Posted by Danno
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 27, 2015 at 4:44 pm

I'm seeing this guy all over Facebook pages now too. They should be able to get him.
If you know who he is, do the right thing!

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Posted by a dad
a resident of another community
on Apr 27, 2015 at 10:27 pm

what a freak, wish I could take one of those wine bottles to his head,

10 people like this
Posted by Alan
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 27, 2015 at 10:53 pm

It is a mystery to me why a grocery store has better quality video than all the banks in Palo Alto. The bank video and images are always blurry.

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Posted by Great Photo!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 27, 2015 at 11:28 pm

Wow, nice going, Big Bro! Anyone who knows this guy can easily identify him!

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