A Palo Alto man who was arrested in June for allegedly raping a woman he knew at his home has been charged with six felony counts, Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Steve Dal Porto said.
Yue Zhou, 27, faces three counts of rape, one count of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of sexual battery and one count of felony false imprisonment. He has posted $500,000 bail and was released after his arrest, prior to the official filing of charges, Dal Porto said.
The woman, in her 20s, had dinner with Zhou and other acquaintances on June 25, she told Palo Alto police. Afterward, she dropped Zhou off at his home in the Charleston Meadows neighborhood. He invited her inside to have a glass of water and rest after she said she was tired, police said.
When the woman entered the home, Zhou allegedly raped her. After the assault, he allegedly prevented her from leaving by holding a knife while telling her she couldn't go, police said. After several hours, the woman was able to leave the home and drove away. Police did not say how she escaped.
Detectives contacted Zhou at his home in the 4200 block of Wilkie Way and took him into custody without incident on June 28, according to police.
Zhou is scheduled to appear in Santa Clara County Superior Court in Palo Alto on Sept. 6, Dal Porto said.