Yue Zhou, 27, was arrested at his home in Palo Alto, California, on Tuesday and charged with rape, sexual battery and false imprisonment. The alleged victim, a woman in her 20s who is not being identified, came forward to police the day after the incident last month.
She told police that she went out to dinner with Zhou and other friends the night of Friday, June 24, and that she dropped Zhou off at his home after the meal. When she complained about being tired, Zhou invited her in to rest and have a glass of water.
Once inside the residence, Zhou ‘raped her (and) prevented her from leaving by holding a knife,’ Palo Alto police said in a statement.
Several hours later, she was able to escape the house on the 4200 block of Wilkie Way and drive away.
She essentially distracted him momentarily, and she was able to get out the front door to her car.
He is currently being held on $500,000 bail at the Santa Clara County Jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for today.