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Police investigating assault downtown

Woman reported being grabbed from behind while walking home

Pleasanton police are investigating an assault downtown in which a woman reported being grabbed from behind by an unknown man.

Shortly after midnight Friday, the police department received a 911 call about the assault from a woman on the 300 block of Main St., Lt. Kurt Schlehuber said in a statement.

Officers arrived on scene and met with the caller/victim, a 43-year-old Pleasanton resident. She told police she was walking home on Main Street from one of the local restaurants when she saw what appeared to be an early 90’s Honda Accord drive past her.

As the car drove past her, the driver made a U-turn and parked along West Angela Street, according to Schlehuber. The victim heard the vehicle door open and the driver get out. Suddenly, she was grabbed from behind in a bear hug, Schlehuber said.

The victim was able to break free and pulled out her phone to call 911. The suspect got back into his car as he saw the woman on the phone.

Police said the woman, who was uninjured, did not see which direction the suspect went.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man 35 to 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall weighing 200 to 230 pounds with a muscular build. He has short brown or black hair and did not have any facial hair, but his face was described as “long.” The victim also described the suspect as “clean cut” and “good looking.”

The suspect was reportedly wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, but the victim was unsure what any of his other clothing looked like, police said.

Schlehuber said all leads are being pursued at this time, and that there are several surveillance cameras in the area that may have evidence essential to the case.

The investigation is ongoing and being handled by the Criminal Investigations Unit. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who otherwise has information regarding this case is asked to call the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100.

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