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Facebook Post About Alleged Assault of Woman in Los Gatos Causes Alarm

Police only confirm attempted robbery of a female victim Monday evening, Nov. 25 in the parking lot behind Opa restaurant, 27 No. Santa Cruz Ave.

A Los Gatos/Monte Sereno police patrol car. Photo by Sheila Sanchez
A Los Gatos/Monte Sereno police patrol car. Photo by Sheila Sanchez
A Facebook post about an alleged assault of a woman in Los Gatos Sunday evening Nov. 24 on Roberts Road is causing alarm even though local police say they have no record of it happening.

The post, which was being shared by several Los Gatos women last weekend, said the alleged victim was approached on Roberts Road after she was returning home by a man in his early 30s with light hair, light eyes and a goatee.

"Ladies who live in and around Los Gatos beware!!" the post read, which was forwarded to Los Gatos Patch seeking information about the incident.

The poster, who's not being named as the authenticity of the name is in question, said the man came up to her car quickly and opened her driver's door "claiming he needed directions to a bridge he sleeps under (though he really didn't look homeless to me)."

The poster then says the man was so nervous he was shaking bad and "went to grab what I think was a gun or knife out of his pocket. I felt sure he was going to attack me so I grabbed the car door slammed it shut and drove off as fast as I ever have crying."

The poster then says the incident was reported to the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department, which supposedly said the suspect's description fit the description of a guy "who attacked and robbed a woman at knife-point last night in the alley behind Opa in Los Gatos, right next to St Mary's School."

"They are looking for him, and the woman got away last night OK, but just be careful!!!"

Police Sgt. spokesman Stephen Walpole said last Wednesday he had no reports of a male suspect, sporting a goatee, who had attacked any female victims recently in Los Gatos.

Similarly, police Sgt. spokesman Clinton Tada said although the agency did have a report of an attempted robbery at 10:45 p.m. Nov. 25 in the rear parking lot of 27 No. Santa Cruz Ave., he was not aware of any similar assault the night before.

In the corroborated attempted robbery incident, reported by Los Gatos Patch, a woman was approached by an unknown man in the parking lot behind Opa who demanded money as she was walking to her vehicle, Sgt. Tada said. 

The robbery attempt was unsuccessful, however, and the man ran off prior to police arrival, he added.

The victim was not injured, the suspect remains at large and the investigation into the Nov. 25 incident is ongoing, he said. 

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Laura Ricksecker December 04, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Thank you for looking into this Sheila! It's interesting to hear that the attack on Roberts Road can't be confirmed. Was there a description of the man who tried to rob the woman behind Opa?
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) December 04, 2013 at 11:03 AM
@Laura Ricksecker, hard for our local law enforcement to confirm incidents that are not reported to them. I'm asking about the Nov. 25 attempted robbery suspect description. Welcome.
Jeremy Barousse December 04, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Even a post on social media can help spread awareness of attacks and crime trends in the community. I certainly hope the post was authentic, as this is no laughing matter.
Marilyn Leonard December 04, 2013 at 06:55 PM
I hope this person is truthful and not alarming LG residents unnecessarily. Be careful, everyone!
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz December 04, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Tis' The Season! 🎄
Jeanne Rajabzadeh December 04, 2013 at 08:21 PM
It gets dark early this time of year. If you are alone, I always find a restaurant or shop employee is happy to walk you out to your car. Thieves take advantage of the darkness and busy holiday shopping. Take care!

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