Man arrested in El Camino Real sexual assault

At left is a police mug shot of Daniel Eduardo Alvarez, 38, of East Palo Alto. At right is the surveillance camera photo of the man suspected in Saturday's sexual assault.

By the Daily Post staff

Palo Alto police today (Jan. 2) arrested the man they believe sexually assaulted a woman who was walking on El Camino Real early Saturday morning.

Daniel Eduardo Alvarez, 38, of East Palo Alto, was arrested by Palo Alto detectives inside a residence in the 1100 block of Saratoga Avenue in EPA.

On Saturday at 3:30 a.m., an officer on patrol was flagged down on El Camino near Grant Avenue by a man who reported his girlfriend had just been assaulted in the 2500 block of El Camino, police said.

The woman, who is in her 30s, had been unloading items from her vehicle to give to a friend when she felt someone grab her buttocks. She turned and a man pushed her to the ground on her back. The man straddled her, started touching her genitals over her clothing and threatened her if she screamed, according to police.

Nonetheless, the woman yelled for help, which alerted her boyfriend who came outside and saw the attack. The assailant got up and ran south on El Camino.

Detectives were able to identify Alvarez the next day, and they got an arrest warrant. A statement from police tonight did not say how police determined Alvarez was their suspect.

Then they began searching for him throughout the Peninsula.

Today at 3:45 p.m., Menlo Park police found Alvarez’s vehicle — a red Toyota Corolla four-door sedan — unoccupied in the 800 block of East Bayshore Road in East Palo Alto. Shortly thereafter, Palo Alto detectives found Alvarez inside a Saratoga Avenue residence and arrested him without incident, police said.

Police booked him into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose on suspicion of assault to commit a sex offense, making criminal threats, false imprisonment and sexual battery, all felonies. They also arrested him on an outstanding warrant for DUI out of San Mateo County.

7 Comments

  1. I’m waiting for it — how long will it take before somebody lectures everyone on “the fact” that illegal aliens are more law-abiding than American citizens? I’m thinking we’ll see that post within the next hour.

    Of course, it’s not true. Those studies they point to don’t take into account the large number of jurisdictions that don’t inquire into an arrestee’s immigration status. If you don’t ask, it’s impossible to know — so these studies showing illegal aliens are so law abiding are based on crappy data.

    But wait, we’ll get lectured by a social justice warrior for simply asking where do these accused rapists and murderers come from.

  2. I mean, that’s not really how sample statistics works but okay Cheri. I’m sure you wouldn’t be convinced by any study that disagrees with your worldview anyway.

  3. Bringing up how many crimes illegal immigrants commit versus legal US residents is a complete red herring. It’s not a competition. The simple fact is that every single crime committed by an illegal immigrant would not have happened if the illegal immigrant was not in the US. Every life lost, shattered, or just negatively impacted by illegal immigrants could have been prevented. Very simple.

    What percentage of crimes are committed by illegals versus legals is completely irrelevant. Well, except that more law enforcement would be available to deal with legal residents committing crimes if they weren’t forced to spend resources on illegal immigrant crimes.

    Anyone trying to argue that illegal immigrant crime is a non-issue is not engaging a clear mind.

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