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Menlo Park: Newark man arrested for sexual assault following incidents at Ace Hardware

A 27-year-old Newark man was arrested Friday afternoon after allegedly sexually assaulting two Menlo Park women at Ace Hardware, according to Menlo Park police.

The first victim, a 23-year-old Menlo Park woman, was shopping at the store at 700 Santa Cruz Ave. when the man approached her shortly before 12:30 p.m. July 3.

"He physically touched her intimate parts through the outside of her clothing, against her will, and for the purpose of sexual gratification," police said in a press release.

The man then approached the second victim, a 27-year-old Menlo Park woman who was in the checkout line, and rubbed his genitals through the outside of his clothing while he was inches away from her, police said.

The assailant then fled the area on foot. Multiple witnesses contacted police and provided descriptions of the man, who was located a few blocks away, police said. He was detained and positively identified at the scene by one of the victims.

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The man was arrested on charges of sexual battery and lewd conduct in public. The San Mateo County Jail declined to accept him for booking due to the coronavirus pandemic, and he was issued a notice to appear and released.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Sgt. Dennis Weber at (650) 330-6300.

Editor's note: It is The Almanac's policy to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney's Office has determined that there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case.

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Menlo Park: Newark man arrested for sexual assault following incidents at Ace Hardware

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Uploaded: Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 10:51 am

A 27-year-old Newark man was arrested Friday afternoon after allegedly sexually assaulting two Menlo Park women at Ace Hardware, according to Menlo Park police.

The first victim, a 23-year-old Menlo Park woman, was shopping at the store at 700 Santa Cruz Ave. when the man approached her shortly before 12:30 p.m. July 3.

"He physically touched her intimate parts through the outside of her clothing, against her will, and for the purpose of sexual gratification," police said in a press release.

The man then approached the second victim, a 27-year-old Menlo Park woman who was in the checkout line, and rubbed his genitals through the outside of his clothing while he was inches away from her, police said.

The assailant then fled the area on foot. Multiple witnesses contacted police and provided descriptions of the man, who was located a few blocks away, police said. He was detained and positively identified at the scene by one of the victims.

The man was arrested on charges of sexual battery and lewd conduct in public. The San Mateo County Jail declined to accept him for booking due to the coronavirus pandemic, and he was issued a notice to appear and released.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Sgt. Dennis Weber at (650) 330-6300.

Editor's note: It is The Almanac's policy to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney's Office has determined that there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case.

Comments

resident
Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 4, 2020 at 11:02 am
resident, Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 4, 2020 at 11:02 am
5 people like this

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Wendyb
Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 6, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Wendyb, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 6, 2020 at 1:00 pm
1 person likes this

I want to congratulate the Almanac for adhering to the long-standing ‘innocent until proven guilty’ policy of jurisprudence in our country. Not naming the possible perpetrator until a court of law finds them guilty is the right thing to do.


Ummm
Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 6, 2020 at 1:12 pm
Ummm, Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 6, 2020 at 1:12 pm
27 people like this

"The San Mateo County Jail declined to accept him for booking due to the coronavirus pandemic, and he was issued a notice to appear and released."

Anyone else concerned that this guy was released with only a notice?


pearl - registered commenter
another community
on Jul 6, 2020 at 9:32 pm
pearl - registered commenter, another community
on Jul 6, 2020 at 9:32 pm
6 people like this

It's unfortunate the Sheriff's Office can't set aside a section of the jail for housing possible COVID-19 inmates. Guaranteed, this guy is going to offend again - it's a sickness, a way of life. Did anyone check to see if he is a registered sex offender? And, he was released from the field on his written promise to appear in court. Is he a good risk? Will he show up? Hope the Almanac follows up on this case and keeps us posted. It's pretty frightening to know you can't go shopping at a downtown hardware store in the middle of the day, and have to worry about the possibility of being groped!


Sir Topham Hatt
Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jul 6, 2020 at 10:29 pm
Sir Topham Hatt , Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jul 6, 2020 at 10:29 pm
8 people like this

What an insult to these victims. Basically being told their trauma is meaningless compared to the rights of this prevert.


just curious
Menlo Park: other
on Jul 11, 2020 at 6:03 pm
just curious, Menlo Park: other
on Jul 11, 2020 at 6:03 pm
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I'd like to know what you have to do to get placed in custody at least until your arraigned


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