An employee of Earthly Delight Gourmet has been accused of sexual battery after he allegedly lured a Santa Clara woman into the business and attempted to force himself upon her on April 16 at around 3 p.m., police said.
The victim, a 27-year-old employee of a water systems supply company, told police she is acquainted with the alleged attacker. Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said the woman has tried to sell the man water supply products in the past.
According to Wylie, on the day of the alleged attack, the woman was visiting clients in offices adjoining Earthly Delight -- a wholesale supplier of coffee, pastries and other confections, located at 2455 Old Middlefield Road.
The woman ran into the 53-year-old San Mateo man -- who has not been identified, as he has yet to be arrested -- and he invited her inside the Earthly Delight warehouse so he could give her some coffee cake, Wylie said.
Once inside, the woman told police the man pinned her against a wall and sexually battered her, Wylie said. Ignoring her demands that he stop, the man exposed himself to her before she was able to get away.
She left the building, and later that day reported the incident to her company and the police. Wylie said police are consulting with the county District Attorney's office. "We believe a crime occurred," she said. "It's just a matter of working with the District Attorney's office to determine which charges are most appropriate."