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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Police Arrest Door-to-Door Solicitor for Peeping
Contact : Marianna Villaescusa, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Carlos Alfredo Bejinez booking photo
Palo Alto, CA -- Police arrested a door-to-door solicitor for peeping after he repeatedly harassed a female resident, made a lewd comment, and then came onto her property and looked into her windows.

On Thursday, March 20, 2014, at about 5:23 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a resident in the 1100 block of Channing Avenue reporting a suspicious person.  When officers arrived on scene, the man had already left.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a woman in her twenties, had been cleaning out her car in her driveway when the suspect approached her on foot.  He identified himself as a tree-trimmer, and offered his services.  She declined and encouraged him to speak with her landlord.  The suspect followed her down her driveway, and claimed there was a dangerous tree on her property that needed to be trimmed.  When she again instructed him to talk to her landlord, he left.  A few minutes later, he returned to her driveway and tried to engage her in conversation again, this time asking her age and telling her that she was dressed provocatively.  The victim went inside her home to get away from him.  The suspect left but returned again a short time later, this time knocking on the door of her residence and peering inside through the windows when no one answered.  He left but returned still again, and when the vicitm's nanny answered the door, the man made a lewd comment directed at the victim.  The nanny asked the suspect to leave and he did.  The victim called police for assistance.

Officers learned that the suspect had left a business card with the victim upon their initial contact.  An officer called the suspect, posing as someone who was interested in a tree-trimming estimate, and asked him to meet them in the 1000 block of Channing Avenue.  At about 5:53 p.m., officers observed the suspect drive up to the area in his white 1993 Ford Ranger pick-up truck, and they placed him under arrest for peeping (a misdemeanor, committed when someone loiters upon the private property of another and peeks in the window of an inhabited building).  Officers also determined the suspect had been driving on a suspended license, and also was on probation in San Mateo County for purchasing or receiving a firearm while prohibited from doing so by a court order.

Police booked 20-year-old Carlos Alfredo Bejinez, a resident of East Palo Alto, into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for misdemeanor peeping, misdemeanor driving with a suspended license, and a felony probation violation.  A booking photo of Bejinez is attached to this release.

Police ask that anyone with information about this incident or suspect call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.