Local law enforcement officials are asking for the community's help in tracking down two men accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Mountain View girl in Whisman Park late last month.
The alleged victim reported the crime on Oct. 14, telling officers that she was accosted sometime between 6 and 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 26, 27 or 28.
The teen was on her way home from a jog along Stevens Creek Trail, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. The teen told police she had stopped for water at a drinking fountain in Whisman Park when she was grabbed from behind and pulled into a nearby women's bathroom.
After being pulled inside, she was groped by one man while another man held her against the wall and covered her mouth, so she couldn't yell for help, Wylie said. While she was being molested, the victim and the two men heard voices outside the bathroom, prompting the two assailants to flee. The teen ran home, but did not immediately report the incident.
She was not physically injured in the attack, Wylie said. The victim said one of the attackers looked white and the other Hispanic. Both were in their early 20s and of medium height and build. The white man had dark hair and wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The Hispanic man wore a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
In the police department's press release, Wylie wrote: "The victim did not initially report the assault for various reasons. This is not uncommon after sexual assaults and should not be taken as a sign that the assault did not occur."
Wylie would not detail the teen's personal reasons for not immediately coming forward. Speaking in general terms, Wylie said, "Often times there is a fear that people won't believe you. Often times there is a very strong desire to try to forget about it and pretend it didn't happen."
Police want locals to be aware of the incident and keep an eye out for suspicious behavior on Stevens Creek Trail or in Whisman Park, Wylie said. She added that anyone who may have seen the two alleged attackers fleeing the park should contact police on the non-emergency line: 650-903-6395
Wylie also wanted to remind the public that it is illegal to be in any city park or on Stevens Creek Trail after dark.