A man who police said committed sexual assaults on at least two occasions near the downtown Palo Alto Transit Center earlier this month was arrested Friday after he turned himself in.
George Moubarak, a 26-year-old South San Francisco resident, is facing two felony charges of sexual assault for incidents that occurred on March 1 and March 8 in downtown Palo Alto. In the March 1 incident, a woman reported that a man approached her at a Marguerite bus kiosk, began talking to her and sexually assaulted her. She ultimately fought off the man and he ran away, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.
A week later, the Palo Alto Police Department received a call about an incident that occurred in the 200 block of Alma Street. A woman in her 20s reportedly was walking north on Alma after getting off the bus when a man ran up to her from behind and grabbed her crotch over her clothing. She screamed and the man ran away, police said.
Neither woman was injured, according to the police.
The break in both cases came by way of a surveillance photo, which showed the man a few minutes after the March 8 incident. After finding the footage, Palo Alto police released it to the public as part of their investigation.
On Friday, Moubarak turned himself in to the Palo Alto Police Department after seeing his picture on the news and on social media, according to the Sheriff's Office, which investigated the assaults in collaboration with the Palo Alto Police Department. The investigation revealed that Moubarak was involved in both the March 1 and March 8 sexual assaults, said Detective Salvador Zuno, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.
Moubarak was booked in the Santa Clara County Jail where he faces felony charges for the two incidents. The Palo Alto Police Department will be submitting its own separate case for the March 8 incident to the District Attorney's Office, according to the announcement from the Sheriff's Office.
The case is still under investigation and the Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information to call Detective Mike Baron at 650-622-8053 or email him at Mbaron@smcgov.org. Those who wish to remain anonymous, can call the Sheriff’s Office Anonymous Tip Line at 800-547-2700.