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


Subject :

Police Seek Friday Evening Downtown Flasher
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Police are investigating an indecent exposure incident that occurred in downtown Palo Alto on Friday evening, where the suspect followed the adult female victim before exposing himself to her.

On Friday, August 28, 2015, at about 9:53 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a woman reporting that she had been the victim of an indecent exposure that had occurred at about 8:30 p.m. in downtown Palo Alto.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a woman in her thirties, had been walking in the 100 block of University Avenue when she first noticed a man was following her.  She walked to the City Parking Garage "R" at 528 High Street to get into her car.  The man continued following her, but stopped near the stairwell as she entered her car and drove off.  The victim drove southbound on High Street and stopped a few blocks away (she could not recall where she was when she stopped) to program her GPS system.  She then heard a knock on her closed driver's side window, and looked up to see the suspect standing directly next to her door.  He then pulled down his pants and exposed himself.

The victim screamed and started to put her car in gear to leave.  The suspect continued to knock on her window and to expose himself.  She drove home and called police about 90 minutes later to report the incident.

The victim described the suspect as a white male in his mid-twenties, about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build.  He had medium-length brown hair.  The suspect was wearing a light-colored T-shirt and dark-colored shorts.  The victim did not see him with a vehicle.  The victim met with a police sketch artist on September 1, and the attached sketch was added to this release on September 1 at 3:45 p.m.

Detectives are investigating to see if this case may be connected to any other indecent exposure incidents in Palo Alto or surrounding communities.

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