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


Subject :

Police Arrest Man for Indecent Exposure in Neighborhood
Contact : Marco Estrada, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Police arrested a man for indecent exposure after he exposed himself to a female passerby.

On Sunday, February 7, 2016, at about 4:29 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a report of an indecent exposure that had just occurred in the 700 block of Clara Drive.  The victim, an adult female, reported she had seen the suspect naked and masturbating in a rear yard of a home, but in full view from the public sidewalk and street as she passed by.

Police responded and saw the suspect, naked, in the front yard of his home in the 700 block of Clara Drive. Officers arrested 53-year-old Palo Alto resident Clark Duncan McElfresh without incident.  As it turns out, the crime itself occurred while McElfresh was in his own rear yard, but still within full view of the street.  Police booked the suspect into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for misdemeanor indecent exposure, and also a misdemeanor probation violation.  The suspect is on active probation in Santa Clara County for lewd conduct.  A booking photo of the suspect is attached to this release.

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