|News Release||The City of Palo Alto|
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||PRESS RELEASE #10092014|
|Subject :||Third Indecent Exposure Occurs This Week; Adult Victim This Time|
|Contact :||Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police Department 650-329-2413|
|Palo Alto, CA -- For the third time this week, an indecent exposure occurred on a Palo Alto neighborhood street, but this time the victim was an adult female. Police are unsure if the suspect from today's incident is the same man from earlier in the week.|
On Thursday, October 9, 2014, at about 4:02 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of an indecent exposure that had occurred about thirty minutes earlier in the 4300 block of Miller Avenue. Due to the delayed report, officers were not able to check the area for the suspect promptly after the crime occurred.
The victim, a woman in her twenties, reported that she had been riding her bicycle northbound on Miller Avenue into Palo Alto from Mountain View. She observed a vehicle drive by her, and then stop in the middle of the traffic lane ahead of her. As she slowed to pass the car on the right, the male driver called out to her, causing her to stop. When she looked into the car, she saw that he was masturbating his exposed penis. She immediately rode away, crossing the bike bridge leading to Wilkie Way, and last saw the vehicle turning westbound on Monroe Drive. The victim called police about thirty minutes later.
The victim described the suspect as a white male between 40 and 50 years of age. She said he was clean-cut and "professional-looking." He was wearing a yellow button-down Oxford-style shirt, and was wearing “sporty” Oakley-style sunglasses. The victim described the suspect vehicle as a white BMW 4-door sedan, which she said looked clean and relatively new. The victim met with a police sketch artist, who completed the above sketch of the suspect. We posted this sketch on October 10 at about 3:30 p.m.
This is now the third indecent exposure incident this week to happen in the late afternoon or early evening hours, though this one occurred about three miles away from the first two on the opposite end of town. In the first two cases, which occurred on Monday afternoon and then Tuesday evening, the victims were 14- and 10-year-old girls respectively. For details of those cases, and a sketch of the suspect from the Monday incident, click here.
Detectives are unsure if the suspect from today’s incident is the same man from earlier in the week. Detectives are actively investigating all three cases and looking for any evidence connecting them.
Police have increased marked and unmarked patrols and have been paying special attention to frequent school commute routes used by students. We have brought in extra additional staffing and also re-assigned personnel to work on these cases, and we will be continuing to conduct extra surveillance.
We continue to ask for your help in reporting any suspicious activity to us immediately via 9-1-1. We continue to 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.
If you or a loved one is the victim of an indecent exposure, please call 9-1-1 immediately. Time is of the essence in these cases, and we will have the best chance of apprehending a suspect in the area if we know that a crime occurred in as timely a manner as possible.
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.