A 19-year-old East Palo Alto man was arrested in Menlo Park on Monday on suspicion of attempted rape, according to a statement from the Menlo Park Police Department.
Police received a call at 4:41 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, from a 33-year-old Menlo Park woman who said she was the victim of an attempted rape near Oak Court and Woodland Avenue.
According to police spokesperson Nicole Acker, the woman was out jogging when the suspect approached, then grabbed her and tried to drag her into the bushes. The suspect then grabbed her phone and threw it so she couldn't use it.
The woman fought back and managed to break free before retrieving her phone and calling 911, Acker said.
The suspect fled the scene on foot down Oak Court toward Menalto Avenue, according to police.
Within two minutes, an officer arrived and detained the suspect, who matched the woman's description, Acker said. The suspect was then questioned, positively identified by the victim, and booked into the San Mateo County jail.
He faces charges of attempted rape, sexual battery, kidnapping, and preventing the use of a cellphone. Police believe he was acting alone and do not believe he poses further risk to the public.
The Menlo Park Police Department is urging anyone who has additional information regarding this incident to contact Detective Josh Russell at 650-330-6300 or the Menlo Park Police anonymous tip line at 650-330-6395.
Editor's note: The Almanac's policy is to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney has determined there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case.