A 24-year-old woman walking to work was grabbed by a man who had pulled alongside her in a vehicle in Pleasanton Friday morning, but he drove away after the woman fought back, a police sergeant said.
At about 8 a.m., the woman was walking along Andrews Drive when a vehicle approached the curb while facing the wrong way on the road so the driver's side of the car was near the woman, Sgt. Scott Rohovit said.
The woman, thinking the driver wanted to ask for directions, approached the vehicle. As she got close, a man in the driver's seat said: "Hey, can I ask you a question?" but then grabbed the woman's right forearm, Rohovit said.
The woman was able to brush the man aside and stepped back from the vehicle, which the man then drove away before she could alert authorities, according to Rohovit.
The suspect is described as a black man between 25 and 30 years old who is about 6 feet tall and weighs between 200 and 230 pounds with a muscular build. He was driving a early 1990s black, four-door sedan, Rohovit said.
Rohovit also offered this safety tip: "The most important thing you can do when you are walking alone is to be aware of your surroundings. Understand that criminals look for easy opportunities to assault an unsuspecting victim. Do not approach strangers or vehicles you are not familiar with."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact
Pleasanton police at (925) 931-5100.