Palo Alto police are searching for a man who made a lewd remark to a woman and then grabbed her buttocks Tuesday afternoon.
The alleged sexual battery was reported to police at 2:07 p.m. Police said the victim, in her 40s, was walking southbound on the 3500 block of El Camino Real when she encountered two men heading the opposite direction.
One of the men made a lewd remark and grabbed her buttocks with one of his hands, police said. The woman screamed and ran into a nearby business. She told the owner what had happened, but when they went outside to look for the men, they were gone.
Police searched the area but could not find either man.
The sexual battery suspect was described as white, in his 40s, 5 feet 7 inches tall and about 200 pounds. He had a ruddy complexion and appeared "dirty," according to the victim. He was dressed in a brown flannel jacket and a dark-colored square-shaped hat with a small brim.
The other man was described as white, in his 30s and 170 to 180 pounds. He had blond hair and a mustache.
Police said there have been no other similar cases in Palo Alto recently.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Palo Alto Police Department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can text or call 650-383-8984, or email email@example.com.