Submitted by: Pleasanton Police Department
On August 19, 2012 at approximately 2:30 a.m. a female was walking home alone from downtown Pleasanton. While walking in the area of First Street and Spring Ave, she noticed a male adult was following her. When she reached Kottinger Park, the male had closed the distance between them. He made a comment to her that caused her to fear for her safety. She ran into Kottinger Park to get away from the suspect who pursued her into the park. The suspect sexually assaulted the female and stole her cash prior to running away.
The victim sustained bruises and cuts to her body. She was transported to a local hospital where she was treated and released.
During the investigation, the suspect’s hat was recovered by police. A photograph of the hat is attached to the press release. A composite sketch artist created a drawing of the suspect which is attached to this press release.
Physical evidence recovered has been submitted to the Alameda County Crime Lab for forensic examination.
Suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male in his early twenties with a muscular build and dark "military style" hair. He was wearing a black shirt, black shorts and a black 59 LA Dodger hat. He is about 5-foot-nine inches tall and weighs about 185 pounds. He has a tattoo with "Old English" style writing across his collarbones and two tattoos on each upper arm.
The police department has increased patrols around Kottinger Village Park including deployment of uniformed bicycle officers.
The Pleasanton Police Department would like to offer the following safety tips:
1. Be alert to your surroundings and the people around you
2. Avoid walking alone at night in poorly lit areas where an attacker might hide
3. Walk with confidence and a steady pace
4. Always let someone know where you are and where you may be going
5. Carry your cell phone and make sure it is charged
6. Call out for help if you suspect you are in danger or being followed.
7. Do not hesitate to involve the police if someone else is making you feel
Anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the suspect is urged to contact the at (925) 931-5100.