News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
650-329-2607
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

2/28/2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 02282015
Subject :

Police Seek Man Who Exposed Himself to Juvenile Girl
Contact : Marco Estrada, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- A man driving a newer black hatchback exposed himself to an 11-year-old female pedestrian as she walked her dog last weekend.

On Friday, February 27, 2015, at about 11:08 a.m., a mother contacted our 24-hour dispatch center to report that her 11-year-old daughter had been the victim of an incident exposure incident that had occurred on Sunday, February 22.

The investigation revealed that at about 4:00 p.m. on February 22, the victim had taken her dog for a walk.  As she was walking eastbound on the north sidewalk of El Dorado Avenue, just past Bryant Street, she saw a man seated in his vehicle with the engine running.  The vehicle was parked on the north side of El Dorado Avenue facing westbound.  As she walked past the car, she looked at the man briefly.  As soon as she passed the car, the car left and turned northbound on Bryant Street.

A short time later, the victim was walking northbound on the west sidewalk of the 2700 block of South Court.  She noticed the same vehicle was parked in front of her, facing southbound, along the west side of South Court.  The car's engine was still running, but this time, the victim noticed that the front seat passenger’s window was open.  As she walked by, she looked inside and saw the same suspect in the driver’s seat.  He was naked from the waist down and was masturbating.  The suspect did not say anything to her.  The victim was scared and walked away quickly.  The suspect immediately drove off southbound on South Court towards El Dorado Avenue.  The victim went home and told her mother what had occurred.

The victim described the suspect as a white male, in his mid-thirties to his mid-forties, with a medium build and short dark hair.  He was unshaven and had a goatee, and was wearing sunglasses.  She said he was wearing a black tank top that was tight-fitted.  The victim described the suspect vehicle as being a newer black hatchback with tinted rear windows.  The victim met with a police sketch artist, and we distributed the suspect sketch on March 1, 2015, at about 3:50 p.m.

Detectives are actively investigating this case, including any possible connection it may have to four indecent exposure events that were reported in Palo Alto in October 2014 (including cases involving girls who were 14, 13, and 10 years old, two of whom also happened to be walking dogs).  While the general suspect descriptions in the cases are roughly similar, the vehicle descriptions are not.  For details on those old cases, visit our news release archive: www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/pol/press.asp.

There are a number of good personal safety and crime prevention tips posted on our website at www.cityofpaloalto.org/StopCrime.  We recommend that you remain aware of your surroundings when out in public, and we encourage you to report suspicious behavior immediately via 9-1-1.  We advise parents to tell their children to be alert and to tell a trusted adult immediately about anything they see that does not seem quite right.

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 paloalto@tipnow.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.





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