News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Indecent Exposure Occurs at Neighborhood Park
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Sketch of Suspect
Palo Alto, CA -- A man walked through an occupied playground at a neighborhood park late yesterday afternoon while committing an indecent exposure, then left on foot.  The crime was witnessed by two adults but no children.  The suspect is at large.

On Friday, August 1, 2014, at about 5:00 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call reporting an indecent exposure that had just occurred at Seale Park at 3100 Stockton Place.  Officers responded immediately but the suspect was gone.

The investigation revealed that two women, one in her forties and the other in her twenties, were in the playground area of the park watching their children play.  One of them observed the suspect walk into the park from Stockton Place and saw that he had his penis exposed through the open zipper of his pants.  That woman immediately warned the other woman as the suspect walked into the playground area.  The suspect walked through the playground without saying anything or attempting to make contact with either the adults or children.  He was not masturbating.  Both women told police that their children did not notice the man.  The man then hopped over the small two-foot fence surrounding the playground and was last seen walking southbound on Stockton Place.

The victims described the suspect as a black male adult, about 45 years of age, about six feet tall and 170 pounds with a thin build.  They said he was wearing a baseball cap, a blue jeans jacket, and white pants.  A police sketch of the suspect is attached to this release as of 9:35 p.m. on August 2.  The suspect was captured on a neighbor's surveillance system as he walked away from the scene after the crime.  The best-available still image is attached to this release and shows a child riding a bicycle in the street past the suspect.

There have been no similar incidents reported to police recently in Palo Alto.  Detectives are actively working on the case, and officers are stepping patrols at our parks.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact 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.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or