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Police: armed man sexually assaults girl on jog

Man reportedly grabbed girl, pointed handgun at her head

Palo Alto police have called off their search for an armed man who they say sexually assaulted a girl while she was jogging near Stanford Research Park on Wednesday afternoon, the department said on Twitter.

Officers described the suspect an Asian-American man, possibly of Filipino descent. He was described by the girl as in his 30s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and wearing a black sweatshirt with a bear logo and white and red border. He also reportedly wore gray baggy pants and black sneakers.

Police received a call at about 1:47 p.m. from a passerby who reported an assault that had just occurred near Arastradero and Deer Creek roads. Officers responded to the area and located a high school-aged girl in the greenbelt near that intersection.

The girl was transported by Palo Alto Fire Department paramedics to a local hospital, according to a statement from the police department. She was in stable condition.

The preliminary investigation indicated that the girl was jogging west on the pedestrian/bicycle path that runs parallel to Arastradero Road, on the north side of the roadway, according to the police. The man emerged from the greenbelt, pulled the girl off the path, placed a gun to her head and sexually assaulted her, police said.

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The man then fled the scene on foot and the girl flagged down a passerby for help, according to the statement.

The man and juvenile have no relationship to one another, police said.

Police immediately set up a perimeter within Stanford Research Park around 1:50 p.m., dispatchers said. Investigators believe the man left the area and called off the search shortly before 4:30 p.m.

There was no information about a vehicle connected to the man, according to dispatch.

A California Highway Patrol unit was set up near northbound Interstate Highway 280 at Page Mill. Other police units were also sent to Arastradero, Hillview and Foothill Expressway, a dispatcher said.

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A Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety K9 unit and Stanford Department of Public Safety deputies were also called to the scene.

Due to police activity, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority rerouted southbound Express routes 101, 102, 103 and 104 that make stops in Palo Alto Research Park, according to an alert issued by the transit agency at 3:25 p.m. The buses resumed normal service just before 5 p.m.

Students at Gunn High School, located at 780 Arastradero, were dismissed at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday. An employee at the main office said there were no shelter-in-place orders or evacuations issued for the campus.

Terman Middle School, located at 655 Arastradero Road, released students at 1:40 p.m., their normal dismissal time.

The area is close to many notable companies, including Tesla, Nest and SAP.

Police are now working with the girl to gather further details on what occurred, according to the statement. They will not be producing a sketch of the suspect.

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 emailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

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Police: armed man sexually assaults girl on jog

Man reportedly grabbed girl, pointed handgun at her head

by Palo Alto Weekly staff / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Mar 28, 2018, 2:28 pm
Updated: Wed, Mar 28, 2018, 4:34 pm

Palo Alto police have called off their search for an armed man who they say sexually assaulted a girl while she was jogging near Stanford Research Park on Wednesday afternoon, the department said on Twitter.

Officers described the suspect an Asian-American man, possibly of Filipino descent. He was described by the girl as in his 30s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and wearing a black sweatshirt with a bear logo and white and red border. He also reportedly wore gray baggy pants and black sneakers.

Police received a call at about 1:47 p.m. from a passerby who reported an assault that had just occurred near Arastradero and Deer Creek roads. Officers responded to the area and located a high school-aged girl in the greenbelt near that intersection.

The girl was transported by Palo Alto Fire Department paramedics to a local hospital, according to a statement from the police department. She was in stable condition.

The preliminary investigation indicated that the girl was jogging west on the pedestrian/bicycle path that runs parallel to Arastradero Road, on the north side of the roadway, according to the police. The man emerged from the greenbelt, pulled the girl off the path, placed a gun to her head and sexually assaulted her, police said.

The man then fled the scene on foot and the girl flagged down a passerby for help, according to the statement.

The man and juvenile have no relationship to one another, police said.

Police immediately set up a perimeter within Stanford Research Park around 1:50 p.m., dispatchers said. Investigators believe the man left the area and called off the search shortly before 4:30 p.m.

There was no information about a vehicle connected to the man, according to dispatch.

A California Highway Patrol unit was set up near northbound Interstate Highway 280 at Page Mill. Other police units were also sent to Arastradero, Hillview and Foothill Expressway, a dispatcher said.

A Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety K9 unit and Stanford Department of Public Safety deputies were also called to the scene.

Due to police activity, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority rerouted southbound Express routes 101, 102, 103 and 104 that make stops in Palo Alto Research Park, according to an alert issued by the transit agency at 3:25 p.m. The buses resumed normal service just before 5 p.m.

Students at Gunn High School, located at 780 Arastradero, were dismissed at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday. An employee at the main office said there were no shelter-in-place orders or evacuations issued for the campus.

Terman Middle School, located at 655 Arastradero Road, released students at 1:40 p.m., their normal dismissal time.

The area is close to many notable companies, including Tesla, Nest and SAP.

Police are now working with the girl to gather further details on what occurred, according to the statement. They will not be producing a sketch of the suspect.

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 emailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

Comments

resident
Downtown North
on Mar 28, 2018 at 3:16 pm
resident, Downtown North
on Mar 28, 2018 at 3:16 pm
Ryan P
Mountain View
on Mar 28, 2018 at 4:14 pm
Ryan P, Mountain View
on Mar 28, 2018 at 4:14 pm
B D
another community
on Mar 28, 2018 at 4:35 pm
B D, another community
on Mar 28, 2018 at 4:35 pm
KM
Midtown
on Mar 28, 2018 at 4:48 pm
KM, Midtown
on Mar 28, 2018 at 4:48 pm
Sanctimonious City
Registered user
Barron Park
on Mar 29, 2018 at 9:53 am
Sanctimonious City, Barron Park
Registered user
on Mar 29, 2018 at 9:53 am

What a terrible tragedy.

[Portion removed.] This incident was in no way this girls fault. She should have the right and expectation to jog and enjoy our natural resources without the fear of assault.

However, there is always evil and suffering lurking in the world. No place is completely safe and predators often seek the areas that appear the most benign and are the least protected.

If joggers would like to attempt to defend themselves against that reality, below are a few suggestions:

1. Never run alone in isolated areas. Use the buddy system.
2. Do not run with earphones on and stay alert to your surroundings
3. Carry runners mace or a loud personal alarm system
4. Consider taking self defense classes specialized on breaking contact and getting away. Defeating an attacker who gets to choose the time and place of the assault is unlikely. Nevertheless, he may give up quickly if you create some distance, cause a loud commotion or are able to move into an open area.

Such a sad situation. Let's hope the authorities catch this monster quickly.


TorreyaMan
Registered user
Palo Verde
on Mar 29, 2018 at 10:15 am
TorreyaMan, Palo Verde
Registered user
on Mar 29, 2018 at 10:15 am

Dear Sanctimonious: good points, except spoiled by your opening statement. I consider myself liberal, and I do to blame this girl in any way.


TorreyaMan
Registered user
Palo Verde
on Mar 29, 2018 at 10:16 am
TorreyaMan, Palo Verde
Registered user
on Mar 29, 2018 at 10:16 am

Sorry: typed in haste: I do NOT blame this girl for this horrible assault.


Annette
Registered user
College Terrace
on Mar 29, 2018 at 10:47 am
Annette, College Terrace
Registered user
on Mar 29, 2018 at 10:47 am

Awful, sad, and very disturbing. This happened in the middle of the afternoon in broad daylight. I wouldn't think twice about going out alone at that hour of the day. Palo Alto is becoming more like a big city every day and I sadly think we can expect more such crime.

Thank you, Sanctimonious City, for your suggestions. Where might one buy a "loud personal alarm system"? That sounds like a good investment and a great gift.


Sanctimonious City
Registered user
Barron Park
on Mar 29, 2018 at 11:09 am
Sanctimonious City, Barron Park
Registered user
on Mar 29, 2018 at 11:09 am

You can get runners alarms on Amazon, at Fry's or REI. Amazingly loud, compact and cost effective.

They range in price between about $6 - $15 dollars. Below is a link to a review page with different kinds or just Google search "personal runner alarm".

Web Link


TLM
Registered user
Barron Park
on Mar 29, 2018 at 1:00 pm
TLM, Barron Park
Registered user
on Mar 29, 2018 at 1:00 pm

I started walking alone with my dog along the Arastradero path in the mid-1980’s. Even then, the section of the bike path between Deer Creek Rd and Purissima, while beautiful, also seemed slightly creepy to me because of its isolation. The bike path veers away from the road at that section, and I always imagined that it would be a good place for a predator to hide. I was always extra vigilant when walking that section, and was accompanied by a dog. But I am so saddened to hear that someone did take advantage of the isolation to attack a young, defenseless teen. I urge anyone walking in that area, or any other secluded area that offers places to hide, to really stay vigilant and prepared. I hope the police can catch this guy before he harms someone else!!


Sarah1000
Registered user
Los Altos
on Mar 29, 2018 at 4:05 pm
Sarah1000, Los Altos
Registered user
on Mar 29, 2018 at 4:05 pm

YMCA Silicon Valley offers free services for survivors of sexual assault Web Link


eileen
Registered user
College Terrace
on Mar 30, 2018 at 12:13 am
eileen , College Terrace
Registered user
on Mar 30, 2018 at 12:13 am

I hope they catch this monster ASAP!!


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