Man allegedly exposes himself to two women in Palo Alto


Palo Alto police are looking for a man who allegedly exposed himself to two women on Tuesday, Dec. 2, according to a police department press release.

At about 6:15 p.m., police received a 911 call from a woman who reported that at about 5 p.m., a man approached her and another woman on foot, exposed his penis, and invited them to look at it. Officers responded to the scene at the corner of Greer Road and Channing Avenue, but could not locate the man.

Investigators said the women, both in their 80s, were walking eastbound on the sidewalk of the 1800 block of Channing Avenue when they stopped briefly at the intersection of Channing Avenue and Greer Road, when the man approached them. After one of the women told the man that she was going to call police, he fled.

The man, described as a fair-skinned white male in his late teens with a slight build, was reportedly last seen running eastbound on Channing Avenue. He was wearing a dark colored, hooded jacket or sweatshirt.

Police do not anticipate the release of a sketch related to this incident, and do not believe that this incident is related to any of the three indecent exposure cases that occurred in early October.

Anyone with information pertaining to this case is asked to call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

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Posted by iSez
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 4, 2014 at 2:33 pm

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Good that they called PAPD, but 75 minutes after the fact isn't too helpful. I suppose 80 year olds don't carry cell phones.

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Posted by ChrisC
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 4, 2014 at 3:45 pm

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I love the Palo Alto Weekly and Online. We are lucky to have such great journalistic efforts here in this area. Everybody does a fantastic job there, and I thank you. But, please, would you all stop using "allegedly" to modify every crime committed? Others have commented on this misuse previously. The crime is not alleged; an unknown man did not allegedly expose himself. If you have a suspect name, then that's the time to use "allegedly," as in,"Joe Blow allegedly exposed himself." It's true somebody could allege to the police that a crime took place, but the police do not believe said alleger, and do not pursue it. (allege: to assert without proof.) This does not seem to be the case here.

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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Dec 5, 2014 at 2:31 am

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Yes--this is really disturbing. Since no other media source on the planet ever uses "allegedly" in the same manner.

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Posted by rick
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 5, 2014 at 4:32 am

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Looks like a clear case of allegation to me.
Merriam-Webster: "a statement saying that someone has done something wrong or illegal."

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