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


Subject :

Juvenile Reports Suspicious Vehicle and Behavior
Contact : James Reifschneider, Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Police are looking for a man who was seen behaving suspiciously Friday afternoon by an 11-year-old female cyclist on her way home from school.

On Saturday, August 22, 2015, at about 11:30 a.m. our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a parent reporting that his juvenile daughter had seen a suspicious person and vehicle the day before, while cycling home from school.

The investigation revealed that, on August 21, 2015, at about 3:30 p.m., the juvenile, an 11-year-old female, was riding her bicycle home from school.  While traveling southbound on the 3800 block of Louis Road., a vehicle passed the juvenile traveling southbound and pulled over to the curb.  The juvenile continued cycling past the vehicle and did not make note of the driver.  Moments later, the same vehicle passed the juvenile again and pulled over to the curb again.  As she cycled passed the parked vehicle this time, the juvenile glanced inside and noticed a man seated in the driver's seat behaving strangely.  The man did not attempt to speak to her or otherwise interact with her.  The juvenile continued cycling home and did not see the vehicle again.  Although the juvenile did not report seeing any nudity, police believe the behavior she described may be consistent with masturbation. 

The juvenile described the driver as a white male in his twenties with a thin build.  She described the vehicle as a small sport utility vehicle with a spare tire attached to the rear.  The vehicle is believed to be dark blue, black, or red.  No suspect sketch is anticipated. 

Detectives are investigating whether this incident is related to any other indecent exposures.  Although there is no indication that the juvenile was followed from school, officers will continue to monitor frequent school routes used by students.

Police continue to ask for your help in reporting suspicious activity immediately via 9-1-1, and advise parents to tell children to be alert and 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 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