Police are seeking the public's help in locating a man who sexually battered a woman out for a run on the Los Altos-Palo Alto Bike Path on Wednesday morning, police said.
Officers were alerted to the sexual battery that had just occurred behind Terman Park around 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, police said in a press release issued Thursday. The call came from a woman in her 20s who told a police dispatcher that she was heading south on Los Altos Avenue from Arastradero Road where she saw a man running in her direction.
She reported the man went past her, then slapped her buttocks area with an open palm, according to police. When the woman yelled at the man, he stared back at her and continued on his run.
Officers went out to the trail but were unable to find the man. He is described as a white man in his early 20s and about 6 feet 3 inches tall with long brown hair that was pulled back, according to police. He wore a gray shirt with the word "STAFF" displayed on the back and black basketball shorts. The man also had a phone and headphones over his ears.
Investigators plan to release a sketch if the woman is able to work with a police artist. They don't believe the case is related to past sexual battery incidents, police said.
Anyone with information about Wednesday's sexual battery is asked to call the 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 voicemail 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.