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


PRESS RELEASE 0330201502
Subject :

Indecent Exposure Occurs at Stanford Shopping Center
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Police are searching for a man who exposed himself to at least three people over the course of an hour at Stanford Shopping Center last Thursday morning, and are reminding the public to contact police immediately when they witness such a crime.

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, at about 10:00 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of an indecent exposure that had occurred shortly after 8:00 a.m. in the center mall area of the Stanford Shopping Center at 180 El Camino Real.  The victim, a woman in her twenties, reported that a man had approached her while she was sitting on a bench talking on her cell phone in the center mall.  He stood next to her.  The man's fly on his pants was down, and his flaccid penis was exposed.  The victim stood up and walked away.  As she looked back over her shoulder, the suspect made eye contact with her.  The suspect did not speak to her.  The victim called Stanford Shopping Center security personnel immediately to report what had happened.

A Stanford Shopping Center security officer located a man matching the suspect’s description around 8:30 a.m. sitting in a breezeway near Starbucks.  The security officer contacted the man and noted his fly was down, but that his penis was not visible.  The security officer called the victim, who was still in the area, to see if he was speaking with the right person.  The security officer thought the victim said the man was not the suspect, and allowed the suspect to leave.  When police interviewed the victim, she said she told the security officer that the man was indeed the suspect.  It appears there was an inadvertent miscommunication between the security officer and the victim.

The victim told police she had first seen the suspect around 8:00 a.m. sitting outside of Starbucks.  The ensuing investigation by detectives revealed that the suspect had ordered a drink at the Starbucks at 7:25 a.m. and sat down inside the store for several minutes.  Detectives located another victim, a man in his twenties, who had seen the suspect sitting inside the store with his penis exposed through his open fly.  This time, the suspect’s penis was erect.

Detectives also learned that a second woman had apparently contacted Stanford Shopping Center security personnel to report that the suspect had exposed his penis to her as well.  Police have been unable to contact that woman as of yet, and do not know her age or any details or circumstances of that incident.

We recommend that anyone who witnesses an indecent exposure immediately contact the police.  The original victim was the first and only person to contact police in this case, which she did at 10:00 a.m. after speaking with a co-worker.  Police have spoken with security personnel to ensure that any future such incidents are promptly cross-reported to law enforcement.

Detectives are continuing to actively investigate this case.

The suspect was an Asian or Hispanic male in his thirties or forties, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a medium to heavy build.  He had short black hair, was clean-shaven, and had black thick-rimmed eyeglasses.  He was wearing a dark-colored jacket or pullover sweater over a light-colored buttoned shirt, and light-colored denim jeans.  A surveillance image of the suspect (attached) shows him to be wearing a large dark-colored backpack.  The security officer last saw the suspect on a black bicycle, riding eastbound on Sand Hill Road towards El Camino Real.  It is possible the first victim will be meeting with a police artist to produce a suspect sketch; if that occurs, we will release the sketch as soon 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 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