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MVPD looking to identify man in groping, theft cases

Police are on the lookout for a man who is not only connected to two groping incidents on the Stevens Creek Trail, but who is also connected to a theft at Walgreens.

On Monday, Jan. 21, around 9:30 a.m., a 34-year-old Mountain View woman was walking along the Stevens Creek Trail near Central Avenue when an unknown man came up behind her and grabbed her.

The man then ran away northbound on the trail. He was described as a black adult man in his 20s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a thin, muscular build. He was last seen wearing a gray beanie, black pants, and was not wearing a shirt.

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, around noon, we received another call from another woman who also stated that on Tuesday, Jan. 22, around 5:15 p.m., she had also been walking on the Stevens Creek Trail underneath Highway 85 when a man approached her on a yellow bike. The man grabbed her from behind before quickly riding away.

That man was also described as a black adult man in his 20s, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, and was last seen wearing a hat, black pants and was shirtless.

In addition to those two cases, the same man is believed to be responsible for shoplifting nearly $100 of tobacco products from Walgreens, located on the 100 block of East El Camino Real, on Tuesday, Jan. 22. In that case, officers responded to the store and were told that a black adult man with no shirt had left without paying for tobacco items he had taken from the shelves. A search of the area did not result in the man being found.

Upon review of footage, the suspect appears to match the description of the suspect in both of the groping cases on the Stevens Creek Trail.

Mountain View detectives are working to identify the man, pictured in this release. If anyone has any information on his whereabouts, or on his identity, please contact Det. Marco Garcia at marco.garcia@mountainview.gov. Media inquiries can be sent to PIO Katie Nelson at policepio@mountainview.gov.

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