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PRESS RELEASE 1019201401
Subject :

Late-Reported Indecent Exposure from August May Be Same Suspect
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- After seeing a media report of an indecent exposure incident in Palo Alto earlier this month, a parent came forward to report that their 13-year-old daughter had also been flashed by a man with a similar description back in early August.

On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, a parent who had seen media coverage of the first indecent exposure incident from October 6 left our detective bureau a message to report that their 13-year-old daughter had had a similar experience over the summer.  Detectives contacted the parent and victim the following day.

Detectives learned that the victim had been walking her dog in 1600 block of Bryant Street on a weekday afternoon in early August between 1 and 2 p.m., prior to the start of the school year.  The exact date of the crime is not known.  As the victim's dog slowed to take a break, the victim happened to look into the open passenger window of a car parked next to her on the street.  She made eye contact with the suspect, who was masturbating his exposed penis.  The suspect did not speak to her.  The victim immediately walked away southbound on Bryant Street, and she saw the suspect drive away eastbound on Lowell Avenue.  The victim had not previously seen the suspect or suspect vehicle.

The victim continued to walk her dog, and a little later was walking northbound in the 1500 block of Emerson Street.  She then saw the same suspect parked in the same car, facing southbound on Emerson Street in front of her.  She sped up to walk hurriedly past the car.  As she passed by, the man called out a greeting to her.  She thought the man may still be masturbating, but she was not sure.  She ignored him and kept walking.  When she returned home a short time later, she immediately called her parents and reported what had occurred.  The parents did not report the incident to police.

The victim described the suspect as a "clean-cut" white male between 20 and 30 years of age with brown hair.  He was wearing large black sunglasses and a white tank top.  The victim described the suspect vehicle as a blue Volvo, likely an SUV, with a spare tire mounted on the back that had a blue plastic cover.  No suspect sketch will be forthcoming.

In the aftermath of the three indecent exposure incidents reported to police between October 6 and 9, detectives received a number of tips from the community and have diligently followed up on all of them.  One of those tips included a third-hand rumor of still another flashing that had also allegedly occurred in August.  Detectives were only recently able to track down the teenage alleged victims in that report, which ultimately turned out to be unfounded.  Police were waiting to release information about any and all old incidents until such time as we had accurate and complete details for a one-time release about cases that had occurred weeks in the past.

No indecent exposure incidents have been reported to us since the one on October 9, where a bicyclist in her twenties was flashed by a man in a white BMW sedan on the 4300 block of Miller Avenue.  A suspect in a similar vehicle exposed himself to two women in Belmont the following morning.

No arrests have been made in any of these cases.  Detectives continue to investigate the four Palo Alto flashings and any possible connections between them.  They are continuing to work with detectives from the Belmont Police Department to share any leads that may develop.  Patrol personnel remain on heightened alert, especially in the neighborhoods where the incidents have occurred.  For details of the three Palo Alto flashings that occurred between October 6 and 9, click here.

We continue to ask for your help in also 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.  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.

There are a number of good personal safety and crime prevention tips posted on the City of Palo Alto website.  Visit for more information.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to 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.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or