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Palo Alto police investigating four indecent exposures in one week

Four incidents reported in past week, including one near Terman Middle School

Four reports of indecent exposure in the past week have Palo Alto police on alert. Although one person has already been arrested, police believe there is a second, unrelated suspect still on the loose, according to Palo Alto police Agent Kara Salazar.

The first incident was reported Tuesday (Sept. 21) at 7:35 a.m. in the 200 block of Stanford Avenue when a man allegedly exposed himself to an unidentified victim. On Thursday (Sept. 23) at 8:15 a.m., a similar exposure occurred at Birch Street and Oxford Avenue, just two blocks away from Stanford Avenue, police said.

The third exposure was reported Saturday (Sept. 25) at 6:30 p.m. at Bol Park, 3590 Laguna Ave., Palo Alto. Police "flooded the area" and arrested 47-year-old Reducindo Sandoval of East Palo Alto, who was positively identified.

Sandoval was booked into the San Jose Main Jail.

The most recent incident was reported Monday (Sept. 27) at 9:15 a.m. on the foot path near Terman Middle School. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing approximately 180 to 200 pounds.

— Tyler Hanley

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 27, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Uhhhh ohhh, the incidents are happening fast. This type of pervy acceleration is never good.


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Posted by APALO ALTO RESIDENT
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 27, 2010 at 7:09 pm

THIS REALLY CONCERNS ME! THERE IS A LOT OF KIDS GOING TO SCHOOL IN THE MORNING AND COMING FROM SCHOOL IN THE EVENINGS. I HAVE TWO KIDS OF MY OWN AND NOW I DON'T FEEL SAFE LETTING THEM RIDE THEIR BIKES TO SCHOOL ANYMORE. THE POLICE NEEDS TO STAY ON THIS TO PROTECT OUR KIDS FROM THESE PERVERTS.


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Posted by Andrew
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Sep 27, 2010 at 8:18 pm

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Posted by Rufous
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 27, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Let your kids bike to school. If you're that concerned, bike with them. Hiding in your car just endangers other kids (by putting more cars on the road - especially in school zones.) Also, there is safety in numbers - let your kids bike with other kids.


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Posted by Calm the hysteria
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 28, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I believe that people who do this are not predators, unpleasant as it is.
I would prefer that the police spend their time on serious crime. I don't believe a child will be harmed by seeing eek! a naked man.
Children should see normal nakedness early so they won't be shocked by what people look like, and won't develop the morbid fascination that is encouraged by supermodesty.


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Posted by T
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 28, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Calm, I agree with you about the "normal nudity" but seeing Dad just out of the shower is far removed from a stranger playing with/displaying his pecker.

These people might not be "dangerous" but they are most certainly "predators"

YMMV


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Posted by Sylvia
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 28, 2010 at 3:11 pm

From what I've read, the police call these individuals "weenie waggers" and consider them unlikely to actually molest anyone. Their kind of perversion is all about showing off the "jewels".

That being said, it's scary for the person who's forced to participate in their little fantasy, whether an adult or a child. So, it's good to know the police are on top of this and have already apprehended one of them.


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Posted by Bruce Li
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 28, 2010 at 8:39 pm

This article is about several incidents of abhorent sexual behavior being perpetrated against people attempting to enjoy a nice peaceful walk. Anybody who gets their rocks off, no pun intended, by exposing their genitals and masturbating should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. This is a serious offense and can be punishable by state prison time. Do not excuse their deviant behavior as a joke or minimize their potential for danger. Many a rapist and serial sex offender started off exposing himself in a similar manner. The act itself may be sexual in nature but the intent is to shock and offend the victim. Anybody who observes these acts occurring should call 911 and report it immediately. Let's get involved and do the right thing to keep Palo Alto a family oriented community! Keep up the great work PAPD!!


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Posted by Really?
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 28, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Bruce, do you have citations for the claim that many rapists start as flashers? My understanding was that flashers generally just had the compulsion to flash, and were highly unlikely to do anything else. (That doesn't make the flashing any more acceptable or legal, of course. But it does change the level of danger the community is in.)


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 29, 2010 at 12:15 am

Bruce is right. Why does he have to provide data? Can't you research it yourself? Considering indecent exposure such as these cases being reported just "flashing" is old school. Data show that this behavior can and often does lead to more serious and related types of crimes and depending on their history and the circumstances, those convicted may have to register as sexual offenders even though it's generally charged as a misdemeanor.

Now that this guy is doing it by a school this is serious & a bit frightening. People should be wary and alert and educate their kids about what to do if they see this guy. It's never good when these incidents increase rapidly, with the most recent happening by a school. Instead of worrying about someone typing in all caps, educate yourselves and if you have kids, educate them as well.


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Posted by Super
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 29, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Holy Cow - that fellow in the 2nd sketch looks kinda like Derek Jeter!!


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Posted by u
a resident of Ventura
on Sep 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm

no way! it looks like a certain security guard!!


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Posted by Calm the hysteria
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Hmmm says
Data show that this behavior can and often does lead to more serious and related types of crimes
This is an irresponsible statement. If you pretend to have data, please specify it.
Calm down please.


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Posted by Chester
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 29, 2010 at 7:11 pm

To "Calm the hysteria",

Think about what Mr. Li had to say on normal terms. Normal people start with a little masturbation in privacy, which doesn't hurt anybody. Then maturity and normal relationships begin to develop and you move on to healthy sexual relations. These pervs are doing the same but they're abnormal behavior isn't satisfied with the indecent exposure and their abnormal behavior and desires then increase, at which time you can then get a more serious sex offender! Maybe not "many" as he stated but one is too many. They need to keep it in their pants or they can do it in jail......Makes sense to me!


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 29, 2010 at 8:25 pm

To Calm the Hysteria - I've already done the work involved in learning about this, a long time ago. I trust that you can do the same. Under reacting is not the right way to deal with this because all indicators re these incidents aren't good. Proper response is what I stated above. Be smart.


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Posted by jackie
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Sep 30, 2010 at 11:20 am

Unless it is done to you, you have no idea how scary it is. When I was 19 a man exposed himself to me while I was running. He was smiling while he was playing with himself on a bench. It was obvious he had seen me coming down the trail, although I never saw him. I was scared and sickened.

To basically wave it off, stating that it is nothing more than a pervert getting some pleasure is IRRESPONSIBLE. There is nothing innocent in that behavior. And if you did some research before mouthing off, you would know that it does indeed lead to more criminal behavior.

To those of you who have never experienced it before, stating that it is ok for children to see something like that and that it is harmless is IRRESPONSIBLE and makes me think that the people stating such absurdity are also the same ones exposing themselves. It also makes me think those same people do NOT have children (and hopefully never will), otherwise, they would never make such an ignorant claim. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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Posted by Observer
a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 30, 2010 at 3:12 pm

There is a huge difference between seeing a man nude under normal circumstances and having someone expose himself. I have nothing against nudity, where appropriate, but to witness something like this fellow on the park bench brings with it a very creepy feeling, a sense of danger, and a lingering aftermath of violation. Yes, people who do this are sick, and some of them do escalate with time. The danger is real. For the safety of our community, this person has to be caught.


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Posted by Calm the hysteria
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 30, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Jackie says >makes me think that the people stating such absurdity are also the same ones exposing themselves<
No one is saying it is OK, and the police do need to be called and react.


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