Palo Alto Police set up a command center shortly after a high school-aged woman was sexually assaulted in broad daylight.
(Palo Alto Police)
Authorities in Palo Alto, California, conducted a massive manhunt Wednesday in response to the sexual assault of a high school-aged woman in broad daylight in the near Tesla’s headquarters.
The victim was jogging on a trail around 1:45 p.m. when the suspect appeared from an adjacent greenbelt, police said. The suspect pulled the victim out of the way, waved a gun and put it on her head. The police said that he was going to sexually assault her and then took off on foot.
The victim was able to flag down help after the attack, police said. She was rushed to a nearby hospital and is listed in a stable condition.
Palo Alto Online reported at Gunn High School in the area were dismissed at 12:15 pm on Wednesday. Terman Middle School released students at 1:40 pm, the normal time, the report said.
The attack happened near the intersection of Arastradero Road and Deer Creek Road, according to police.
The police response to the attack was massive and quickly.
Palo Alto-the Police were joined by deputies from the Stanford Department of Public Safety and the canines of the National Ministry of Public Security. A helicopter was provided by the California Highway Patrol.
Press release: Police are looking for accused of sexual abuse of high school jogger. Details: https://t.co/ruNWgnsKnq pic.twitter.com/qXpsitRIUR
— Palo Alto Police (@PaloAltoPolice) March 29, 2018
The armed suspect has not located. It is unclear whether the suspicious car in the neighborhood.
The suspect was described as a man in his thirties. The authorities said that he was possibly of Philippine descent, and about 5’10. He wore a black sweater with a bear logo and wore baggy gray pants.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call the police 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.
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