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


Subject :

Man Arrested for Lewd Conduct in City Park
Contact : Marco Estrada, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Police arrested a man last Thursday for engaging in lewd conduct in a city park.     

On Thursday, October 8, 2015 at about 2:15 p.m. our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a woman reporting that there was a man exposing himself at Peers Park, located at 899 Park Boulevard.   Officers responded to the area immediately and detained the subject without incident. 

The investigation revealed that, at about 2:10 p.m., the victim, a woman in her thirties, was walking through the park.  A man, who was lying on the grass, called out to the victim, asking her to look his way.  When she looked, the victim saw that the man's hand was inside of his pants and that he was engaging in lewd conduct.  The suspect continued this behavior as the victim left the park to call police. 

Officers booked the suspect, 30-year-old Joseph Nicholas Harrell of Oakland, into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for one count of misdemeanor lewd and lascivious conduct.  A booking photograph is attached. 

Police do not believe that any children were present in the park at the time of the incident. 

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