Pleasanton police investigate Veterans Day groping incident

Authorities: Strange man grabs female jogger at Sports Park

Pleasanton police seek the public's help in identifying a man accused of groping a woman as she jogged at Ken Mercer Sports Park on Wednesday evening.

The unknown man emerged from behind a wall and grabbed the woman's buttocks as she jogged past a restroom at the park on Parkside Drive around 7:50 p.m. on Veterans Day, according to a statement released on the Pleasanton Police Department's Facebook page.

The man, who appeared to be 20-30 years old, did not say anything to the woman during the incident, and he quickly fled west toward Hopyard Road, according to police. The culprit was described as approximately 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, wearing a dark-colored hoodie sweatshirt and dark pants.

Police said no other similar incidents have been reported.

"While incidents such as this are extremely rare in Pleasanton, our citizens are reminded to take proactive steps to ensure their safety. These include walking or running with a partner, not using head phones which drown out ambient noises, always carrying a cellphone and being aware of your surroundings," police said in the Facebook post.

Anyone with information about the Wednesday incident can contact police at 931-5100.

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Posted by Steven
a resident of Stoneridge
on Nov 16, 2015 at 11:44 am

Steven is a registered user.

A reminder that police don't provide personal protection, they can only arrest someone after the crime has been committed.

It's also tough to outrun an attacker that's likely well rested and could sprint far enough to catch you.

If you can't fight off an attacker, jog with someone else or carry a weapon (or both).

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