Photo: Daniel Eduardo Alvarez
PALO ALTO – The Palo Alto Police Department has arrested a sexual assault suspect who had attacked a woman while she walking along El Camino Real near an apartment complex.
According to Police, “On Saturday, December 29, 2018, at 3:30 a.m., an officer patrolling was flagged down on El Camino Real near Grant Avenue by a man who reported his girlfriend had just been assaulted in the 2500 block of El Camino Real.”
The female victim described to police how the suspect knocked her to the ground as she took groceries from her car and was headed to her boyfriend’s apartment. After knocking her to the ground, the suspect straddled her and began touching her genitals while telling her not to scream.
However, in fear for her life, the victim screamed. The boyfriend heard her and came outside to assist her. The suspect, seeing the boyfriend approach, stopped his attack and ran away.
Within 24-hours of the attack, Palo Alto Investigators identified the suspect as 28-year-old Daniel Eduardo Alvarez of East Palo Alto. Alvarez was arrested at a home in East Palo Alto on Jan 3, 2018, after officers from the Menlo Park Police Department located an unoccupied vehicle tied to the suspect. His vehicle was located on the 800 block of East Bayshore Road in East Palo Alto.
Police booked Alvarez into the Santa Clara County Main Jail charging him with felony assault to commit a sex offense, criminal threats, false imprisonment, and sexual battery. Police also booked him for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs out of San Mateo County.