Man exposes himself three times at Stanford Shopping Center

Public encouraged to contact police when they witness indecent exposures

Palo Alto police are searching for a man who allegedly exposed himself to at least three people over the course of an hour at Stanford Shopping Center last Thursday, March 26.

The man -- described by police as an Asian or Hispanic male in his 30s or 40s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium to heavy build -- was first seen sitting inside Starbucks on Thursday morning with himself exposed through his open fly. The witness was a man in his 20s.

A woman in her 20s who first saw the man outside of Starbucks around 8 a.m. later reported to police that he had approached her while she was sitting and talking on her cell phone in the center of the mall. He stood next to her with the fly on his pants down, police said. The woman stood up and walked away. As she looked back over her shoulder, the man made eye contact with her, according to police, but did not speak to her. She called Stanford Shopping Center security personnel immediately to report what had happened, police said.

At about 8:30 a.m., a shopping center security officer found a man matching the description provided, sitting in a breezeway near Starbucks. The security officer contacted the man and noted his fly was down, but that he was not exposed, police said. The security officer called the woman, who was still in the area, to see if he was speaking with the right person. The security officer thought that she said the man was not the suspect and allowed the man to leave.

When police interviewed the woman, she said she told the security officer that the man was indeed the original man who had exposed himself to her. Police said "there was an inadvertent miscommunication between the security officer and the victim."

The ensuing investigation revealed that a second woman had apparently contacted shopping center security to report that the man had exposed himself to her as well. Police have been unable to contact that woman as of yet, and do not know her age or any details or circumstances of that incident.

Police are recommending that anyone who witnesses an indecent exposure immediately contact the police. The original woman was the first and only person to contact police in this case, which she did at 10 a.m. after speaking with a co-worker.

Police have spoken with security personnel to ensure that any future such incidents are promptly cross-reported to law enforcement. Detectives are continuing to actively investigate this case.

The man reportedly had short black hair, was clean-shaven and wearing black thick-rimmed eyeglasses, police said. He was wearing a dark-colored jacket or pullover sweater over a light-colored buttoned shirt and light-colored denim jeans. A surveillance image of the man shows him to be wearing a large dark-colored backpack.

The security officer last saw the man on a black bicycle, riding eastbound on Sand Hill Road towards El Camino Real. It is possible the first woman will be meeting with a police artist to produce a suspect sketch, which will be released.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the police department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the department's free mobile app, downloadable at or

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17 people like this
Posted by come on
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 30, 2015 at 4:50 pm

With all the surveillance cameras at the shopping center, the only photo they have of the perp is of his back? Come one.

6 people like this
Posted by curious
a resident of Stanford
on Mar 30, 2015 at 6:07 pm

I am astonished at how many men do this. Does anyone understand this behavior? Do they need more attention, they don't seem to be interested in anyone in particular.
Just like to shock people/kids? Do they ever become dangerous?

13 people like this
Posted by an accident?
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 30, 2015 at 8:56 pm

Sounds like maybe the guy simply forgot to pull up the zipper on his fly.

13 people like this
Posted by Chris Zaharias
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 30, 2015 at 9:20 pm

It's a shame that PAOnline doesn't allow for the types of comments that would let us have a bit of fun at this juncture.

17 people like this
Posted by rockfish
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 31, 2015 at 5:57 am

rockfish is a registered user.

What part of "sexual assault " is fun?

2 people like this
Posted by Just Mike
a resident of Atherton
on Mar 31, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Just Mike is a registered user.

Somebody asked if these men become dangerous, another asked why can't we leave posts that are funny?

Has the world gone mad? We've just got done for ten days posting/grieving about train fatalities and now our sense of humor is skewed.

Yes both thing are equally true. They need attention and could be dangerous

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