Atherton: Police give safety tips after attack on runner


Atherton police are offering tips for runners and walkers after a 17-year-old Atherton girl out on a noon-time run was grabbed by a man who tried to rob her.

The girl was able to break away from her attacker in the June 21 incident and run home, but the police have not found the suspect.

The man was described as a short and stocky Hispanic, 30 to 40 years old, with brown eyes, no facial hair and bald, and wearing dark pants and driving a copper-colored or red-brown small truck. Those with information are asked to call the Atherton Police Department at (650) 688-6500.

Sgt. Anthony Koeckler offered this advice:

● Use only one earphone or, if you use both, keep the music low enough to hear what is going on around you. Carry a cellphone and identification.

● Be aware of surroundings and know where you are. Run or walk in populated or well-traveled locations. If possible, don't walk or run alone.

● Avoid walking or running in the dark. Wear highly visible and reflective clothing, especially in early morning or late evening.

● Let someone know where you are going, and how long you will be gone.

● Run or walk facing on-coming traffic.

● Consider carrying a "personal alarm" which emits a loud noise if activated.

Barbara Wood


10 people like this
Posted by Annabelle
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jul 1, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Pretty sad that you cannot run by yourself, alone, during the middle of the day.

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