Palo Alto police are searching for a man who allegedly grabbed a woman's breasts after offering her gardening services and entering her south Palo Alto home on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
At about 2:30 p.m., the police department received a call from a resident in the 3400 block of Kenneth Drive reporting that she had been the victim of a sexual battery that had occurred about three hours earlier, police said in a press release Sunday.
The woman, who is in her 70s, had been home alone earlier in the day when she answered a knock at her door, police said. A man asked if she needed any gardening work done; she invited him into her house and they walked together through the house to the backyard. They talked about what gardening work needed to be done, but could not reach an agreement, police said.
As the woman walked the man back through her house, he told her that he also gave massages. She said she was not interested, but he began to massage her neck and shoulders anyway, police said. She told him to stop and that she was going to call the police. He then grabbed her breasts over her clothing.
The man then left the house, driving away in a truck. The woman was not injured and later called police.
She described the man as a Hispanic male between 30 and 40 years of age, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and about 170 pounds. He had short, straight black hair and was wearing a T-shirt and blue jeans, according to police. The woman described his vehicle as a green pick-up truck with writing on the side that may have begun with the word "Red."
Police said that if a sketch of the man is produced, they will release it as soon as it is available.
Detectives have been actively investigating this crime. Police said there have been no similar cases in Palo Alto recently.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the police department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.