Victim's snapshot helps police nab flasher

Woman followed man who exposed himself to her in Rite Aid parking lot

A Sunnyvale man was arrested for indecent exposure Wednesday after allegedly flashing a Mountain View woman in the parking lot of the Rite Aid on Grant Road. The victim, according to police spokeswoman Liz Wylie, played a major role in the flasher's arrest -- taking a picture of him with her camera phone and following him in order to take down his license plate information.

At about 10:40 a.m. on April 13, the 48-year-old woman pulled into the parking lot and pulled up alongside a man, whom she later identified as Kimani Smith, Wylie said. Smith stood next to a sport utility vehicle and wore tight-fitting bike shorts.

As the woman was looking at Smith, he exposed himself to her. The woman was appalled and quickly pulled out her cell phone, taking a picture of Smith who continued to expose himself to her, even as she trained her mobile phone's camera on him, Wylie said.

She then called the police. Smith attempted to flee in his vehicle, but the woman followed him, all the time remaining on the phone with police dispatchers, giving them information about Smith's whereabouts.

"We do not recommend people do this," Wylie said, referring to the woman's decision to follow Smith. "You never know what people like that might be capable of."

With police dispatchers still on the line, the man pulled over and motioned the woman to pull alongside him. "We have all of this recorded," Wylie said, referring to the conversation that transpired after the woman pulled alongside the man.

Wylie said she could not disclose the conversation on the record, as it could interfere with the ongoing investigation.

After speaking with the man, the woman stopped following him. Police ran his plates and found out that he was living in Sunnyvale. They arrived at his home later that day, arrested him for indecent exposure and booked him into the main jail.

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Posted by lucky
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm

She was lucky she didn't crash into someone when driving her car and talking to the police dispatcher on her cell phone. If the police don't recommend this kind of thing, why didn't the dispatcher just tell her to stop the car? And stopping to confront the perp surely is pretty low on the IQ scale.

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Posted by thetruth
a resident of Woodside
on Apr 15, 2011 at 7:16 pm

He was urinating. She pulled up beside him and caught him. He was working out and drank a lot of water that's why he had bike shorts on. It was dumb of him to do that but he's not a sexual predator.

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Posted by Commander McBragg
a resident of another community
on Apr 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Ahh, cell phone cameras. Even if the guy really was urinating, it's still indecent exposure.

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Posted by thetruth
a resident of Woodside
on Apr 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm


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