A man who was sought for a brazen daytime sexual assault in the California Avenue pedestrian undercrossing in Palo Alto on Sunday, April 9, has been arrested, police said.
The man, identified as 34-year-old Daniel Widyanto Condronimpuno of Palm Beach, Florida, was taken into custody on Tuesday, April 11, with help from law enforcement at the University of California, Berkeley, Palo Alto police said in a press release. An earlier police press release incorrectly stated he lived in San Francisco.
The arrestee may have ties to Stanford University Graduate School of Business. A man by the name of Daniel Condronimpuno attended Princeton University and graduated in June 2012 with a bachelor's degree in engineering in operations research and financial engineering, according to multiple online publications associated with the university. He was the founder of the publication The Princeton Financier, and a photo in the publication shows a man similar in appearance to the police sketch of the California Avenue assault suspect.
A LinkedIn profile under the name Daniel Prince — and also showing a photo of a man matching the police sketch of the suspect — lists the same bachelor's degree as well as a master's degree in finance from Princeton as Condronimpuno. The profile states he was part of an executive program on leadership and corporate innovation at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. A Stanford spokesperson could not immediately be reached Tuesday night to confirm if Condronimpuno attended the school.
The LinkedIn profile also lists positions at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley and states that he worked with larger global firms, such as Renaissance Technologies and Alibaba Group, as well as a startup hedge fund Global Capital Econometrix, among others.
While neither the Palo Alto nor UC Berkeley police have directly stated it, Condronimpuno may be the same man that UC Berkeley police arrested Tuesday in connection with five sexual assaults and batteries, including a robbery, against women on campus in a seven-day period, according to an April 11 news report by Berkeleyside. UC Berkeley police withheld the arrestee's name in a community advisory issued Tuesday.
Sunday's assault in Palo Alto
After the California Avenue attack, a passerby reported to police at 2:49 p.m. Sunday discovering an injured woman in the California Avenue pedestrian underpass, where she said she had just been sexually assaulted.
The woman, who is in her 50s, was walking her bicycle east in the tunnel when a man who also had a bicycle passed her in the opposite direction, she told police. The man allegedly struck her from behind, causing her to fall to the ground, and then sexually assaulted her.
The woman shouted for help and the man stole her cellphone before he fled the scene, she told police. Responding officers found the cellphone in the 3000 block of Emerson Street.
The woman suffered moderate injuries, including lacerations to the back of her head and bruises on her neck. She was taken to a hospital, where she received treatment and a sexual assault forensic exam, police said.
The man was described as Asian and between 30 and 40 years old. He had a stocky build and was clean-shaven. He wore a dark bike helmet, dark sunglasses and a high-visibility yellow top. Police released a suspect sketch on Monday, April 10.
Investigators shared information about the alleged assault with other Bay Area law enforcement agencies.
Police make the arrest
On Tuesday morning, detectives spoke with investigators from the UC Berkeley Police Department, who said they had a possible suspect under observation. Later that day around 12:40 p.m., UCPD officers arrested the man on campus at Memorial Glade. Palo Alto officers assigned to the case went to Berkeley and conducted an additional follow-up investigation.
The investigators arrested and booked Condronimpuno into Santa Clara County jail for multiple felonies: attempted rape by force, sexual penetration by force, assault with intent to commit rape, forcible sexual battery, false imprisonment, felony battery, assault with a deadly weapon and robbery, in addition to a misdemeanor of preventing someone from summoning help with a wireless communication device. Online court records show he's in custody on $1 million.
The Palo Alto Police Department temporarily withheld the release of Condronimpuno's photo until Thursday, April 13. Other law enforcement agencies had active investigations involving the same individual and the premature release of his photo could've hampered the investigation of their cases, according to the press release.
"Police would like to thank the many community members in Palo Alto and beyond who assisted our investigation by providing information in the aftermath of this assault and who shared information about the crime to help get the word out. Police would also like to thank members of the media who covered this incident and helped to widely distribute the sketch of the suspect," they said.
Anyone with information about the reported sexual assault is asked to call Palo Alto Police Department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to email@example.com or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.