Sexual battery alleged at MV business

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."


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Posted by Sparty
a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm

The police can't make an arrest in the meantime? why would they wait for the DA to decide what charges to file? Since when does the police department decide what specific crime a defendant goes to trail for?

Maybe they're waiting for him to leave the country, then they'll think of a few charges because using physical force to prevent someone from leaving, feeling them up and flashing your bits at them might be a crime in Mt View but no one is really sure.

Please tell me this article is missing some important deatils....

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Posted by Heartfulart
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Disgusting - this is a pretty common experience for young women. I had it happen when I was in my 20's and so have my daughters! Unbelievable how some men think they have the right to force themselves on women! What will it take to reeducate the male population about respecting women? There should be strict punishment of this kind of thing. Chances are he has kids her age himself!

The media just perpetuates this kind of treatment, showing older men involved with much younger women on a constant basis. Disgusting.

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Posted by awful enough
a resident of The Crossings
on Apr 27, 2012 at 7:30 am

Can't this article stand on it's own merits? Isn't it awful enough?

Some of you want to put through your own agenda with every article. You have to assume something about the Day Workers, etc.

Since you don't have that information, just keep your racist, ridiculous ideas to yourselves. When someone from another town reads this stuff, they think all Mountain View Community members think like you... AND WE DON'T!

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Posted by oh tommyG
a resident of Rex Manor
on Apr 27, 2012 at 9:42 am

tommyG, you're hilarious. Yes, the Day Worker Center is the source of everything bad in Mountain View. It's their fault that some men don't respect women. If you pass by their building you'll notice that the sun doesn't shine there, the plants are withering and the birds don't sing because it's EVIL.

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Posted by John the Man
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 28, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Come for the coffee cake. Stay for the sexual assault.

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