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


Subject :

Suspect Exposes Himself to Woman in Parking Lot
Contact : Kara Apple, Sergeant, Police    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- An unknown suspect exposed himself to a woman seated in a parked car last night in the California Avenue business district.

On Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at about 11:14 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call from a woman reporting that an indecent exposure had just occurred in City Parking Lot "7" at 324 Sherman Avenue.  Officers arrived in the area shortly thereafter but were unable to locate the suspect.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a woman in her twenties, had just parked in the lot on the side closest to Birch Street.  She sat in her car to send a text message.  Within a minute, she looked up and noticed the suspect standing at the front passenger side corner of her vehicle.  She saw that his pants were pulled down, and that he was masturbating while looking at her.  She immediately drove away and called 9-1-1 from her cell phone.

The victim described the suspect as a white male in his early twenties, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall.  He had a thin build, short brown hair, and was clean-shaven.  He was wearing blue jeans and a light-colored short-sleeved T-shirt.  While the lighting in the parking lot afforded the victim a good view of the suspect's clothing, she was not able to get a close look at his face.  No suspect sketch will be forthcoming.

Detectives are investigating this incident.  There have been no other indecent exposure cases in town for the past several months.

Police ask that anyone who may have information about this crime contact 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.