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Public’s help sought in identifying man who groped teen in Mountain View

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MOUNTAIN VIEW – Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who inappropriately touched a teen girl on a trail Wednesday night in Mountain View.

The victim, a 17-year-old Palo Alto resident, told officers she was jogging on the Bay Trail around 8:30 p.m. when she was approached by a man walking a bicycle, the Mountain View Police Department said in a statement. The man asked the teen if she spoke Spanish and knew how to get back to a hotel, though he did not say which hotel.

Police said the man also asked to be shown how to get to the hotel on a map on the teen’s cellphone. He then wrapped an arm around her, grabbed her shoulder and pulled her toward him, police said, adding that he inappropriately touched her as he did so.

The teen pushed the man away and ran away. She flagged down a passerby, who walked her to her car.

On Thursday, the teen went to the police department to report the incident. She described the man as Latino, 30 to 40 years old and about 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a medium build, dark complexion and short black hair. He was last seen wearing a dark T-shirt, dark pants and dark tennis shoes.

The man’s bicycle was described as a cruiser, possibly electric, with black and white lettering. It also had two cellphones mounted to the handlebars and a forward-facing light.

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