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


Subject :

Man Exposes Himself to 13-Year-Old Girl, Remains at Large
Contact : Sean Downey, Officer, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – A 13-year-old girl walking her dogs was the victim of an indecent exposure yesterday evening.  The suspect is unknown and remains at large.

On Monday, March 14, 2016, at about 7:14 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of an indecent exposure that had just occurred in the 600 block of Melville Avenue.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a 13-year-old girl, had been walking her two dogs westbound on Melville Avenue from Middlefield Road.  The suspect, who was walking towards her on the sidewalk, stopped and smiled as he reached down and pet the dogs.  When he stood back up, he lifted his sweatshirt to reveal his exposed penis.  The suspect did not say anything to her.  The victim walked away quickly, but noted that the suspect walked after her from a distance of about ¾ of a block.  When the victim arrived home, she immediately told a parent, who in turn ran outside to look for the suspect while calling 9-1-1.  The parent last saw the suspect crossing Middlefield Road, eastbound, walking towards Rinconada Park.  Officers conducted an extensive area search, but could not locate the suspect.

The victim described the suspect as a white male between 25 and 30 years of age with suntanned skin.  He was of average height, had a skinny build, and had "scruffy" black wavy hair that went down to the bottom of his neck.  He was wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt, gray and green cargo pants, and white sneakers.  He was carrying a black backpack.  The victim met with a police sketch artist, who produced the attached sketch which was distributed on March 15 at about 3:30 p.m.

Detectives are investigating to determine if this incident is connected to any other cases, either in Palo Alto or surrounding communities.

Police 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