Palo Alto police seek man who exposed himself to a girl


A man driving a newer black hatchback exposed himself to an 11-year-old girl as she walked her dog last Sunday, Palo Alto police reported.

When the victim took her dog for a walk around 4 p.m. on Feb. 22 on El Dorado Avenue, she saw a man seated in his car with the engine running. She looked at the man briefly before the car left and turned onto Bryant Street.

Soon after, when walking in the 2700 block of South Court, she noticed the same car parked, also with the engine running. When she walked past the car, she looked inside and saw the same man, naked from the waist down, masturbating. He said nothing to her, according to police.

The girl returned home and told her mother; the mother contacted the police the following Friday.

The victim described the suspect as a white male, in his mid-30s to his mid-40s, with a medium build and short dark hair. He was unshaven and had a goatee, and was wearing sunglasses. She said he was wearing a black tank top that was tight-fitted, according to police. Police released a sketch of the man Sunday afternoon.

The victim described the suspect's vehicle as a newer black hatchback with tinted rear windows.

Detectives are actively investigating this case, including any possible connection it may have to four indecent exposure events that were reported in Palo Alto in October 2014 (including cases involving girls who were 14, 13, and 10 years old, two of whom also happened to be walking dogs).

Anyone with information about this incident 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 Anon
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 28, 2015 at 6:52 pm

Don't you mean October 2014?

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Posted by parent
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 28, 2015 at 7:11 pm

So glad that this victim was able to give a detailed description to the police. If this man has operating in Palo Alto for years, surely there are more victims. Please come forward and help the police put him behind bars.

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