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


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Police Arrest Suspect for Indecent Exposure
Contact : Marco Estrada, Officer, Police    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Officers arrested a man for indecent exposure and lewd conduct on Wednesday morning after a citizen reported that he was walking down a neighborhood street while touching himself in a sexual manner.

On Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at about 8:32 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call that an indecent exposure had just occurred near Juana Briones Park at 620 Arastradero Road.  The victim, a woman in her seventies, reported that she had seen the suspect walking with his pants down and touching himself in a sexual manner.  The victim said the suspect was associated with a dark green vehicle.

Officers from the Palo Alto Police Department arrived on scene in less than two minutes and observed a man matching the suspect's description driving a dark green 1994 Mazda MPV minivan away from the scene.  When the man saw the patrol car make a U-turn behind him, he pulled over on his own accord.  Officers detained him for investigation in the 4100 block of Clemo Avenue, which is immediately adjacent to the park.

The investigation revealed that the victim had watched as the man walked back and forth on the sidewalk of the 4100 block of Clemo Avenue.  She said that he was masturbating through his clothes.  He also dropped his pants to expose his buttocks, and then touched himself in a sexual manner.  The victim immediately called police.

Officers arrested 22-year-old Stephen Timothy Frey of Happy Valley, Oregon, for indecent exposure and lewd conduct in public (both misdemeanors).  Police released him with a criminal citation, as often occurs in misdemeanor arrest cases.  As he was not booked into jail, no booking photo is available for release.

Despite the fact that this incident occurred during the morning school commute, we have no information that any children witnessed the suspect’s actions.  There is also no indication that his behavior was directed at children.  Due to the proximity of this incident to the park and local schools, though, police increased their patrols in the area for the remainder of the school week.

Detectives are currently investigating if Frey was responsible for either of the indecent exposure events that occurred in Palo Alto on January 8 and 10, 2013.  We will issue a news release in the future if he is identified as the suspect in either of those cases. 

Frey is a white male who is 6 feet 5 inches tall with a thin build.  He has short brown hair.  At the time of this incident, he was wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans.  If anyone saw a man matching that description who was loitering in the area, police ask that they 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.