Palo Alto police seek suspect who followed, kissed 12-year-old girl


PALO ALTO (KRON) — Police are looking for a man who followed and kissed a 12-year-old girl in Palo Alto on Monday, police announced Tuesday.

Dispatch received a call of a sex crime that had taken place in the 1000 block of Tanland Drive around 5 p.m., police said.

The 12-year-old girl was walking her bike on Tanland Drive while talking to a parent on her cell phone when she noticed the suspect jogging on the opposite side of the street from her.

The girl arrived at her apartment complex, carried her bike upstairs, and was getting out her house key when the man appeared in the hallway.

The suspect walked past her twice saying “excuse me” as she was opening the door to her apartment.

While her back was turned to him, he placed a hand over her mouth and kissed her on the cheek.

The victim screamed and the suspect fled on foot.

The girl was on the phone with a parent the whole time, who later called police to report the incident.

The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male, between the ages of 17 and 35. He was wearing a light gray hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored workout pants.

Police ask for your help with reporting crimes and suspicious activity immediately. They also advise parents to remind children to remain alert no matter where they are, and to tell a trusted adult immediately about anything they see that does not seem quite right.

Detectives are actively investigating this case. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

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