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Police investigating second sexual battery case in two days

Woman reports bicyclist groped her while she was on a sidewalk

Palo Alto police are looking for a man depicted above in connection with a sexual battery reported on Aug. 9, 2021. Courtesy Palo Alto Police Department.

Palo Alto police are looking for a man who allegedly groped a woman on Monday near Stanford Shopping Center. The incident was the city's second sexual battery case in two days, the department said Tuesday night.

Dispatchers responded to a call at about 2:20 p.m. on Aug. 9 from a woman who said she had been the victim of a sexual battery in the 500 block of Sand Hill Road, according to a press release. Officers responded immediately but could not locate the man.

The woman, who's in her 40s, was standing on the sidewalk on the southwest corner of Sand Hill Road at Plum Lane. She suddenly felt someone's hand touch her lower back, buttocks, and then breasts in one swift movement. She cried out, turned to see who had touched her and saw a bicyclist riding away. He called back to her, "Get out of the way!" as he rode away east on the south side of Sand Hill Road, police said.

The woman described the man as white, in his 50s, 6 feet tall, bald and with a muscular build. He was shirtless and wore blue shorts. He was tan and rode a black road bike. On Tuesday, a police artist worked with the woman to produce a sketch.

Monday's case occurred two days after a woman in her 60s was sexually battered by a bicyclist in the 400 block of Middlefield Road downtown. Detectives are investigating the cases, including whether the same person might be responsible for both incidents.

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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 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.

Palo Alto police are investigating two sexual battery cases that were reported on Aug. 7 and 9, 2021.

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Police investigating second sexual battery case in two days

Woman reports bicyclist groped her while she was on a sidewalk

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Uploaded: Tue, Aug 10, 2021, 11:42 pm

Palo Alto police are looking for a man who allegedly groped a woman on Monday near Stanford Shopping Center. The incident was the city's second sexual battery case in two days, the department said Tuesday night.

Dispatchers responded to a call at about 2:20 p.m. on Aug. 9 from a woman who said she had been the victim of a sexual battery in the 500 block of Sand Hill Road, according to a press release. Officers responded immediately but could not locate the man.

The woman, who's in her 40s, was standing on the sidewalk on the southwest corner of Sand Hill Road at Plum Lane. She suddenly felt someone's hand touch her lower back, buttocks, and then breasts in one swift movement. She cried out, turned to see who had touched her and saw a bicyclist riding away. He called back to her, "Get out of the way!" as he rode away east on the south side of Sand Hill Road, police said.

The woman described the man as white, in his 50s, 6 feet tall, bald and with a muscular build. He was shirtless and wore blue shorts. He was tan and rode a black road bike. On Tuesday, a police artist worked with the woman to produce a sketch.

Monday's case occurred two days after a woman in her 60s was sexually battered by a bicyclist in the 400 block of Middlefield Road downtown. Detectives are investigating the cases, including whether the same person might be responsible for both incidents.

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 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.

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