Palo Alto police have arrested a former Stanford Hospital housekeeping employee for allegedly sexually battering another employee in the hospital in March.
The victim, a man in his 20s, is employed by a contractor working at the hospital, police said. He was taking a nap in a waiting room in the middle of working a double shift on March 26 when he was awakened by someone rubbing his shoulders and back. Before he could stop the suspect, the man quickly slid his hands down the victim's pants and touched his genitals. The victim shoved the man away, and the assailant walked away quickly, police said.
Police responded right away to a call reporting the sexual battery at 3:11 a.m., but they could not find the suspect. The victim told police he had seen the man around the hospital before, and he believed the man was a hospital employee.
Stanford Health Care administrators worked collaboratively with detectives to identify the suspect, who is identified as Luis Enrique Ramirez, 56, of San Jose. At the time of the incident, Ramirez worked as a housekeeping employee for the hospital. At the conclusion of the police investigation, detectives presented the case to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, which filed charges against Ramirez.
Police obtained an arrest warrant for Ramirez for misdemeanor sexual battery in May. Ramirez surrendered himself on May 26 and was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.
Detectives are not aware of any additional victims. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Palo Alto Police Department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.