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


Subject :

Man Exposes Himself to Two 10-Year-Old Girls Walking in Neighborhood
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Two 10-year-old girls walking home from school together were the victims of an indecent exposure this afternoon.  The suspect is unknown and remains at large.

On Friday, September 4, 2015, at about 3:15 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of an indecent exposure that had just occurred near the intersection of Ross Road and Ames Avenue.  Officers responded to the area, but the suspect was gone.

The investigation revealed that two 10-year-old girls had been walking westbound on Ames Avenue, just west of the intersection with Ross Road.  As they passed a navy blue Honda Fit that was parked on the street, the girls happened to look inside and saw that a man was seated in the driver's seat with no pants on.  The man looked up and made eye contact with them through the closed windows.  He never said anything to them, nor did gesture to them or summon them closer to his vehicle.  They ran away, going to the home of one of the girls, and told a parent.  The parent promptly called police.

The victims described the suspect as a white male in his thirties with a medium build.  He had short, straight brown hair, and was wearing a red T-shirt.  One of the girls, who happens to be particularly knowledgeable about cars, was certain the vehicle was a navy blue Honda Fit (a four-door hatchback).  No suspect sketch is available at this point; if the victims are able to meet with a police sketch artist and produce a sketch, we will release it as soon as possible.

Detectives are investigating this case, and are working to determine if it may be related to other recent incidents in Palo Alto.  Since the school year began on August 17, this is the third incident involving adults disturbing children after school in neighborhoods.  For details of those cases, see the news releases we have distributed about them here and here.  There have also been two other indecent exposure cases involving adult victims during the same time period.  Patrol officers have been monitoring common school commute routes used by students as a result of these recent incidents.  Unmarked vehicles are also in use.

Police continue to ask for your help with reporting suspicious activity immediately via 9-1-1.  We also advise parents to remind children to remain alert no matter where they are, 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 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