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


Subject :

Man Exposes Himself to 7-Year-Old Girl at Elementary School
Contact : James Reifschneider, Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – A 7-year-old playing on her elementary school campus was the victim of an indecent exposure yesterday during lunch recess.  The suspect is unknown and is at large.

On Monday, April 11, 2016, at about 6:15 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a report of an indecent exposure that had occurred about six hours earlier at Ohlone Elementary School at 950 Amarillo Avenue.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a 7-year-old girl, had been playing on campus during lunch recess around 12:00 p.m.  She ran around the back side of a classroom on the west edge of the campus, and saw a man standing on the other side of a fence, off school property, watching the children as they played.  The man made eye contact with her.  The victim said the man's pants were unbuttoned, and based on the victim’s description of the suspect’s actions, police believe the suspect was masturbating.  The man did not say anything to the victim.  It is not known if any other children saw the suspect or what he was doing.  The victim told her parents what had happened when they picked her up from school, and they later notified police.

The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male in his late thirties or early forties with a thin build.  He was unshaven and had a goatee.  He was wearing a black sweatshirt, blue jeans, and blue and gray tennis shoes.  The victim met with a police artist, and we released the sketch at about 6:30 p.m. on April 12, 2016.

Based on the victim’s description of where the suspect had been standing, it appears the suspect had been on the property of the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple at 2751 Louis Road.  This area has a large parking lot accessible from the street, and is separated from school property by a chain link fence.

Detectives are investigating to determine if this incident is connected to any other cases, either in Palo Alto or surrounding communities.  Police are increasing patrols (both in marked and unmarked vehicles) around elementary schools in response to this incident.

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