PALO ALTO (CBS SF)– Palo Alto police are hoping that surveillance video can help identify a man suspected of grabbing a 12-year-old girl’s buttocks at a food market at the Stanford Shopping Center on Sunday.

Police received a phone call from the victim’s mother reporting a sexual battery that happened at Sigona’s Farmers Market.

The mother and daughter were shopping inside the market around 2 p.m. when a man had brushed up against the victim’s buttocks twice with the back of his hand while reaching for items on a nearby shelf.
Shortly afterward, the victim walked away from her mother to another aisle. The suspect then followed behind her and squeezed her buttock.

The victim immediately told her mother and the two went looking for the suspect, but could not locate him. However, the incident was captured on the store’s surveillance video.

Police say the suspect appears to be a white man in his 40s who is 6 feet 2 inches tall with a build the victim described as “heavy.”

The suspect was wearing a long-sleeved, maroon buttoned shirt with a slight plaid design, dark shorts with cargo pockets on the sides and dark sneakers.

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(Palo Alto police are hoping that surveillance video can help identify a man suspected of grabbing a 12-year-old girl’s buttocks at a food market at the Stanford Shopping Center on Sunday. (photo credit: Bay City News Service)
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