Police are investigating a sexual assault that took place in downtown Palo Alto in May after a woman got into a car with an unknown male, who remains at large.
At about 9 a.m. on May 30, Palo Alto police received a call from a woman in her thirties reporting a suspicious circumstance and possible sexual assault that had occurred early that morning. The woman told police that at about 2:30 a.m., she was walking in the 300 block of Hamilton Avenue when an unknown man pulled up to her in a car and offered to give her a ride, police said. She got in the car and they left eastbound on Hamilton Avenue.
Police said at some point during the next 20 minutes, the man sexually assaulted the woman while the vehicle was still moving. She was able to open the car door, at which point the man slowed down and pushed her out, police said. She went to a nearby home in the 100 block of Pope Street in Menlo Park and a resident called police on her behalf just before 3 a.m.
Palo Alto officers later took the woman to a local hospital, where she was treated for minor physical injuries she had sustained.
The woman has described the man as a 30-year-old unknown race male with short black hair, according to police. He was unshaven and had an "unkempt" goatee. She said the car was a dark colored sedan with a dark interior.
Detectives have been conducting a follow-up investigation on this case since May in the hopes of releasing as much usable suspect information to the public as possible. At this point, no sketch of the suspect is available. There have been no similar cases in Palo Alto or surrounding communities of which police are aware, according to a department press release.
Police encourage anyone with information to come forward by contacting the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police department's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or it.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.