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Palo Alto police arrest 'Peeping Tom' solicitor

Man repeatedly approached young woman at her home, looked into windows

Police arrested a Peeping Tom on Thursday, March 20, after he allegedly repeatedly harassed a woman at her house in the 1100 block of Channing Avenue.

At about 5:23 p.m. that evening, police received a call from a woman in her twenties reporting a suspicious person. When police arrived, the man had already left.

The ensuing investigation revealed that the woman had been cleaning out her car in the driveway when the man, 20-year-old Carlos Alfredo Bejinez of East Palo Alto, walked up. He identified himself as a tree trimmer and offered his services, police said. She declined and said he should speak with her landlord. He followed her down the driveway and claimed there was a tree on her property that needed to be trimmed. She again told him to contact her landlord and he left.

A few minutes later, Bejinez returned to the driveway and tried to talk to her again, asking how old she was and telling her she was dressed provocatively, police said. The woman went inside her home to get away from him. Bejinez left again but then returned a short time later, this time knocking on the door of her house and peering through the windows when no one answered. Again, he left and came back, and this time the woman's nanny answered the door. Police said Bejinez made a "lewd comment" directed at the first woman; the nanny asked him to leave and he did. The woman then called police.

Officers later learned that Bejinez had left a business card with the woman when he first approchaed. An officer called him, posing as someone interested in a tree-trimming estimate, and asked him to meet in the 1000 block of Channing Avenue. At about 5:53 p.m., Bejinez drove up to the block in a white 1993 Ford Ranger pick-up truck and they placed him under arrest for peeping – which is a misdemeanor, committed when someone loiters upon the private property of another and peeks in the window of an inhabited building. Officers also determined the suspect had been driving on a suspended license, and also was on probation in San Mateo County for purchasing or receiving a firearm while prohibited from doing so by a court order.

Police booked Bejinez into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for misdemeanor peeping, misdemeanor driving with a suspended license and a felony probation violation.

Police ask that anyone with information about this incident or suspect call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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