San Mateo police release surveillance, seek suspect accused of sexual assault, beating of woman in her 60s

SAN MATEO, Calif. (KGO) -- Police in San Mateo are searching for a homeless man they believe is responsible for sexually assaulting a woman in her 60s Wednesday night.

San Mateo police say the victim contacted police to report the assault at 9th Avenue and South El Camino Real.

Nicole Von Glahn, a detective for SMPD, said it happened around 10:45 p.m.

"She was beaten and raped and the suspect fled the scene immediately after. We believe he was near the bus stop when she was assaulted," Von Glahn said.

Police say the suspect left the scene on foot and a search is now underway.

The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic man in his late teens or early 20s.

San Mateo police released surveillance footage to ABC7 Saturday afternoon showing a man they believe to be the perpetrator in the assault.

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The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic man in his late teens or early 20s.



The footage shows a man walking on a street, though it's unclear where or when the video was taken.

Police also released a photo of the suspect's bike.

Police described the suspect as light-skinned with an average build and height with "dark outgrown or slightly curly hair."

They say he was wearing a red sweatshirt with "LIFEGUARD" on the front with dark pants.



The suspect may have also been riding a silver bicycle with tape wrapped around the seat, police say.
This image shows a bike believed to belong to the suspect in a sexual assault that took place in San Mateo, Calif. on Aug. 5, 2020.

This image shows a bike believed to belong to the suspect in a sexual assault that took place in San Mateo, Calif. on Aug. 5, 2020.

San Mateo Police Department



Police are asking residents and business owners to check their security cameras for video matching the suspect.

"After he discarded his red sweatshirt he was wearing a white t-shirt and he had a very specific satchel like bag going across his chest," Von Glahn said.

Von Glahn said it was a very uncommon event for the area, residents nearby agree.

"It's a very low crime neighborhood. I mean the only thing that happens around here is people going through your car," San Mateo resident Helen O'Day said.

Stephane Gourguechon would describe the area as extremely safe, which is what makes it surprising.

"I've lived here for four years now, never heard anything remotely like it," Gourguechon said.

The police department believes the suspect visited businesses in San Mateo.

Those with information on the assault or suspect should contact San Mateo Detective Sergeant Lee Violett at (650) 522-7662 or by email at lviolett@cityofsanmateo.org.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to police here or by phone at (650) 522-7676.

Police are requesting any security footage from Wednesday between 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
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