|News Release||The City of Palo Alto|
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||PRESS RELEASE #1006201402|
|Subject :||Police Seek Man Who Exposed Himself to Juvenile Girl|
|Contact :||Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police Department 650-329-2413|
|Palo Alto, CA -- Police are looking for a man in a blue pick-up truck who followed a 14-year-old female pedestrian for a few blocks, then pulled up next to her and exposed himself before driving away.|
On Monday, October 6, 2014, at about 4:47 p.m. our 24-hour dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call from a 14-year-old girl who reported she had just been the victim of an indecent exposure in the 1600 block of Bryant Street. Officers responded to the area immediately but could not locate the suspect.
The investigation revealed that the victim had been walking southbound on the west sidewalk of the 1300 block of Bryant Street. She noticed that a vehicle was driving slowly behind her, and pulled over a couple of times behind her to stop as she kept walking. Once she was in the 1600 block of Bryant Street, the vehicle pulled up next to her and stopped. When she turned to look inside, she made eye contact with the male driver and then saw that he was masturbating his exposed penis. The victim turned away and the suspect drove off. He was last seen driving southbound on Bryant Street. The victim immediately called 9-1-1 on her cell phone to report what had happened. No additional information on the victim will be released.
The victim described the suspect as a white male in his mid-thirties, with short brown hair and a medium build. He was wearing a black V-neck T-shirt and black aviator-style sunglasses. The victim described the suspect's vehicle as a navy blue full-size pick-up truck that was clean and appeared to be new. The victim met with a police sketch artist, who produced the above sketch of the suspect. The sketch was released on October 8, 2014, at about 4:00 p.m.
Officers and detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department will be increasing marked and unmarked patrols and are paying special attention to frequent school commute routes used by students. There have been no reports of similar incidents recently in town.
There are a number of good personal safety and crime prevention tips posted on the City of Palo Alto website. Visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/StopCrime for more information.
We recommend that you remain aware of your surroundings when out in public, and we encourage you to report suspicious behavior immediately via 9-1-1. We advise parents to tell your children to be alert and to tell a trusted adult immediately about anything they see that does not seem quite right.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.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 bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.
**Please note a second, similar case occurred on Tuesday, October 7. For details of that incident, click here.**