Richmond man arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting jogger at gunpoint

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Richmond man arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting jogger at gunpoint
Photo: Palo Alto Police Department

A Richmond man has been arrested in connection with the sexual assaults of a high school-aged jogger in Palo Alto on March 28, and another in Oakland on March 4.

On Sunday about 11 a.m., Eduardo Antonio Chavarria-Diaz was taken into custody without incident at a home in the 100 block of South 9th St. in Richmond.

Detectives are now trying to determine if Chavarria-Diaz is responsible for any other unsolved crimes, according to Palo Alto police.

On March 28, Palo Alto police responded to a 911 call from a passerby who reported an assault that occurred near the intersection of Arastradero Road and Deer Creek Road in Los Altos Hills. A high school-aged girl was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Police learned the victim was jogging on the pedestrian and bicycle path when a man  emerged from the greenbelt and pulled her off the path, placed a gun to her head and sexually assaulted her, police said. After the attack, the suspect fled on foot and the victim flagged down a passerby for help.

During the investigation, Palo Alto police detectives developed information identifying Chavarria-Diaz as the suspect both in this assault and a similar assault that occurred March 4 in the jurisdiction of the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department in Oakland.

On Saturday, an arrest warrant was obtained for Chavarria-Diaz, who was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

He was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, and sexual penetration by force — all felonies linked to the March 28 assault. Additional charges for the crime in Oakland may be forthcoming.

“Our detectives are continuing to investigate to determine if the suspect may be responsible for any other unsolved crimes,” according to Palo Alto police

Anyone with information is asked to call Palo Alto police’s 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to (650) 383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at www.bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or www.bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

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