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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Police Arrest Man for Indecent Exposure in Downtown Parking Garage
Contact : Marco Estrada, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Police arrested a man Tuesday night after he masturbated in front of a woman driving her car in a downtown parking garage.

On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, at about 7:30 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of an indecent exposure that had just occurred inside of City Parking Garage "S" at 450 Bryant Street.  Officers responded immediately, and detained the suspect on Lytton Avenue at Kipling Street a short time later without incident.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a woman in her twenties, had been walking to her vehicle inside of the parking garage.  While walking through the garage, she observed a male subject loitering in the area.  Moments later, as the victim drove her vehicle out of the garage, the same man walked toward her vehicle while exposing himself and masturbating.  The victim left the area and immediately contacted police. 

Police cited 26-year-old Prooks Vaioemoui Mapa of Menlo Park for one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure.  Since he received an arrest citation, no booking photograph is available.

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