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Woman Assaulted in Los Gatos Comes Forward

Sunday, Nov. 24 assault of Los Gatos woman on Roberts Road confirmed.

A Los Gatos/Monte Sereno police patrol car. Photo by Sheila Sanchez
A Los Gatos/Monte Sereno police patrol car. Photo by Sheila Sanchez
The woman who posted on Facebook that she had been assaulted Sunday evening Nov. 24 on Roberts Road has come forward and is standing by her claim, although local cops say they have no formal record of her filing a police report.

The post, which was being shared by several Los Gatos women the weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 1, said her attacker approached her under the Roberts Road bridge after she was returning home from work.

The woman, who asked for anonymity, describes her assailant as 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 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)," she posted on Facebook.

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."

Although in her post, the woman said she reported the crime to the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department, she now says the information shared with the agency was done in an informal social setting and that a police report was never filed.

She says police told her the man's description she provided fits the suspect's description of a man "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!!!"

Los Gatos/Monte Sereno police Sgt. spokesman Clinton Tada said 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.,

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. 

"The post was simply to tell other women in the area be careful and aware of your surroundings and it wasn’t meant to create massive panic by any means," she told Los Gatos Patch. "I was simply recounting exactly what happened to me that night."

The woman also said LGMSPD detectives visited her at her office Dec. 5 to show her pictures to see if she could identify the man and that the officers told her her suspect's description matched the man's description from the Opa incident.

"I got away before he pulled out any weapons or attacked me but I know in my gut that's what was about to happen. I have no doubt," she said.

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Marilyn Leonard December 12, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Be careful out there, everyone!
MichaelJ December 12, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Always, always file a police report !!
Vikki December 13, 2013 at 09:57 AM
Read The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker.
Esmée St James January 05, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Always trust your intuition, I'm glad the ladies got away safely!
Cassie Maas January 09, 2014 at 01:59 PM
The Gift of Fear is a great book!!! Definitely, read it. As for filing a police report, it is possible she spoke to an officer who did not take a report. It happens. Although she was frightened, a crime was not really committed.

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