Suspect named in attempted sexual assault

The man wanted in connection with an attempted sexual assault on Aug. 23 now has a face and a name, as San Mateo investigators look for the public’s help in tracking him down.

According to San Mateo police Lt. Mike Brunicardi, an arrest warrant with a bail of $1 million has been issued for 25-year-old Cesar Castro Bandala, whose last known address was in San Mateo.

According to Brunicardi, the suspect was standing along La Selva Street when a woman walked by, shortly before 9 p.m. He forced her into some nearby bushes and attempted to sexually assault her. He fled the scene after another pedestrian saw the attack and called the police.

Bandala is approximately 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has also been known as “Cesar Castro,” “Carlos Gonzalez,” and “Carlos Gonzalez Lopez.”

Brunicardi would not give any indication as to how they determined that Bandala was a suspect, other than to say that “it’s part of the ongoing investigation.”

The department is asking anyone with information on Bandala’s whereabouts to immediately call the Investigations Services Unit at (650) 522-7650, Police Dispatch at (650) 522-7700 or the Secret Witness Line at (650) 522-7676.

If residents see the suspect, they should not approach him, but rather call the police for assistance.

jgoldman@examiner.com

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