PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — A woman walking her dog in downtown Palo Alto was the victim of a sexual battery on Tuesday evening, police said.

The woman in her 20s was walking in the 500 block of Emerson Street at 6:33 p.m. when a man approached her through a parking lot. He was yelling at no one in particular as he walked up to her and grabbed her buttocks, according to police.

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He then walked south on Emerson Street. The woman scolded him and he shouted obscenities at her as he kept walking away, police said.

The woman called police and described the suspect as a white man in his 30s standing 5 feet 9 inches tall with a skinny build, salt and pepper hair parted on one side and gelled back.

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He was wearing blue jeans and a black nylon zippered jacket with a small logo on the chest, police said.

Anyone with information about the case has been asked to call Palo Alto police at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent by text message to (650) 383-8984.

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