SAN MATEO -- Police are searching for a man they say videotaped a young woman and vandalized her car Wednesday as she browsed a San Mateo craft store.

Officers responded about 11 a.m. to 1750 South Delaware Street, where a 20-year-old woman reported being filmed as she walked through a Michael's Arts and Crafts store, San Mateo police Sgt. Richard Decker said. The woman said the man videotaped her as she browsed the store, and was standing next to her car when she walked outside.

Though the man went away when he saw the woman emerge, Decker said she smelled a strong, unpleasant odor as she approached her parked vehicle. The woman opened her door to find an oily liquid on her driver seat and center console, which appeared to be the origin of the smell.

Police have released a sketch of a man they say filmed a young woman as she browsed a Michael’s craft store, then vandalized her car with an oily
Police have released a sketch of a man they say filmed a young woman as she browsed a Michael's craft store, then vandalized her car with an oily liquid. ( Erin Ivie )

Investigators could not immediately identify the liquid, which is being processed by the county crime lab, Decker said. It was not immediately known what the man was doing in the woman's car, nor how long he had been following her beforehand.

The suspect is described as an Asian man between 19 and 25 years old, with black hair and brown eyes. He stands between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs between 150 and 175 pounds.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Detective Amanda Von Glahn at 650-522-7665. Investigators are also seeking information from additional victims who may have had contact with the suspect.

Contact Erin Ivie at eivie@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/erin_ivie.