Another woman groped by a bicyclist

Palo Alto police are looking for this man who is accused of groping a woman in the 500 block of Sand Hill Road near Stanford Shopping Center. Palo Alto Police Department illustration.

By the Daily Post staff

For the second time in a week, a man groped a woman on a sidewalk in Palo Alto.

On Monday (Aug. 9) at 2:22 p.m., 911 dispatchers received a call from a woman reporting she had been the victim of a sexual battery in the 500 block of Sand Hill Road, near the Stanford Shopping Center.  Officers responded immediately but could not find the suspect.

The victim, a woman in her 40s, had been standing on the sidewalk on the southwest corner of Sand Hill Road at Plum Lane, police said.

She suddenly felt someone’s hand touch her lower back, buttocks, and then breasts in one swift movement.  She cried out and turned to see who had touched her, and saw a bicyclist riding away from her.  He called back to her, “Get out of the way!” as he rode away eastbound on the south side of Sand Hill Road.

The victim described the suspect as a bald, 6-foot tall white male in his 50s with a muscular build.  She said he was shirtless but was wearing blue shorts.  He had a tan skin.  She said he was riding a black road bike.

This groping occurred two days after a woman in her 60s was sexually battered by a man bicycling in the 400 block of Middlefield Road (between Lytton and University avenues).  Detectives are investigating the cases, including whether the same suspect may be responsible for both incidents.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (650) 329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to (650) 383-8984.