A man suspected of groping and kissing two women earlier this month has been arrested, Palo Alto police said today. The first incident occurred on July 11 around 11:30 a.m. in the College Terrace neighborhood. According to police, a woman in her 30s reported that a man at Werry Park and Dartmouth Street approached her, and aggressively touched and kissed her before she was able to shove him away.
On July 22, a woman in her 20s reported that she was the victim of a similar crime on the Stanford campus. The man in that incident approached the victim, asked about her marital status, and invited her to sit next to him on a bench. Police say that when the woman refused to sit and began to walk away, the man reached out for a handshake. Wanting to be polite, the woman took his hand. But when she did, police report the man used it to bring the woman close and lean in to kiss her. When the victim shoved the man’s face away from hers, he reportedly left the scene on foot.
Ahmad Esfandyarpour, 58, was arrested later that day on suspicion of misdemeanor battery in connection with the Stanford incident, according to police. After his arrest, police were able to link him to the July 11 incident, and Palo Alto detectives arrested him in connection with that attack on Thursday, police said. Esfandyarpour has been booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.
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