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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Police Seek Indecent Exposure Suspect Photographed by Victim
Contact : Zach Perron, Captain, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Police are asking for the public's assistance with identifying an indecent exposure suspect who was photographed by his victim as he left the scene.

On Monday, February 27, 2017, at about 11:04 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of an indecent exposure that had just occurred in the 100 block of Park Avenue.  Officers responded to the area immediately, but could not locate the suspect.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a woman in her twenties, had been standing in a parking lot near the corner of Park Avenue and El Camino Real talking on her phone.  She saw the suspect walk by her westbound on Park Avenue, then stop and turn around to pass her a second time headed eastbound.  On the second pass, the suspect was making eye contact with her.  When he was about six feet away from her, she saw that his pants were now down at his thighs, and he was masturbating his exposed penis.  The victim cursed at the suspect as he walked away eastbound on the Park Avenue sidewalk, and then used her phone to take a picture of the suspect from a safe distance as he left.  The picture is attached to this release.

The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male in his early twenties, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 170 pounds.  He was wearing a black jacket over a yellow shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes.  He had a beanie with layered black, gray, and red stripes.  He was wearing a green backpack and was carrying a brown grocery bag.  He had a pencil-thin mustache.  Detectives are actively investigating this case, including working to see if it may be related to any other indecent exposures that have occurred in Palo Alto or surrounding communities.

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