|News Release||The City of Palo Alto|
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||PRESS RELEASE #1007201403|
|Subject :||Another Flashing Case with Juvenile Victim Occurs|
|Contact :||Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police Department 650-329-2413|
|Palo Alto, CA -- Just over 24 hours after a man exposed himself to a 14-year-old female pedestrian, police are investigating a second indecent exposure that occurred this evening with a 10-year-old girl. Police are on high alert, are adding additional staffing, and are asking for the public's assistance in immediately reporting suspicious behavior to authorities.|
On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at about 6:41 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from the parents of a 10-year-old girl who had just been the victim of an indecent exposure at the intersection of Byron Street and Seale Avenue. Officers responded to the area immediately but could not locate the suspect.
The investigation revealed that the victim had been walking her dog at that intersection when a vehicle pulled alongside her and stopped. The driver spoke to her and asked her if she wanted to touch his penis. She then saw that his penis was exposed, and she immediately ran home and told her parents what had occurred. Her parents called police.
The victim described the suspect as a white male in his late twenties or early thirties, with brown hair. He was wearing a black-and-blue checkered shirt with a white collar. The victim described the suspect's vehicle as an older white Volvo four-door sedan. The victim likely will not be able to work with a police artist to produce a sketch.
The sketch above was generated by the victim in a similar case that occurred on Monday, October 6, in the 1600 block of Bryant Street. In that case, the suspect was driving a navy blue full-size pick-up truck that was clean and appeared to be new. The suspect had a similar physical appearance to tonight’s case, but did not speak to the victim. The sketch was released on October 8, 2014, at about 4:00 p.m.. To read the press release about that incident, click here.
The vehicle description in the two cases is different, but the description of the suspect himself is similar. While detectives are investigating any additional links between the incidents, it appears that the suspect could be the same. The cases occurred about a half-mile apart from one another.
After the case that occurred Monday afternoon, officers and detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department increased marked and unmarked patrols and have been paying special attention to frequent school commute routes used by students. After tonight’s incident, police will be bringing in extra additional staffing to work on these cases, and will be conducting extra surveillance in the area in an effort to locate the suspect.
Police are asking for your help to aid us with catching this suspect. Please report any suspicious activity to us immediately via 9-1-1. We recommend that you remain aware of your surroundings when out in public. We advise parents to tell children to be alert and to tell a trusted adult immediately about anything they see that does not seem quite right.
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.
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.