East Palo Alto man arrested after Baylands flashing, beating

Palo Alto incident took place in January

Palo Alto police arrested a man over the weekend who they said exposed himself to a woman in the Palo Alto Baylands in January and then repeatedly punched her boyfriend in the face, knocking him unconscious.

Aaron Dennis Womack, 26, of East Palo Alto, was arrested without incident on Sunday, July 19, at about 10:20 p.m. at a Bryant Street parking garage, police said. He was charged with one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon and one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure, police said.

The assault reportedly took place on the afternoon of Jan. 21 in the open-space preserve. The victims, a man in his 20s and an adult woman in her late teens, had been walking on a levee approaching the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center when they sat down to take a break on a bench next to the center, police said.

The couple had a brief conversation with Womack, who was also sitting on the bench, before he began to pat down the male victim as if looking for a weapon, police said. The couple stood up and began to walk away, but after the two were about 40 yards away, Womack allegedly yelled out to them. When the woman looked back at him, she saw that he was exposing his penis, police said.

Her boyfriend then took out his cell phone and tried to call police, but Womack approached the couple and began punching the man in his face and upper body.

Police said the male victim fought back to defend himself but reported "losing consciousness momentarily." The man quickly came to and was able to get away from the assailant. The couple then walked to the interpretive center and called police, who arrived to the scene but could not find the suspect.

The male victim suffered minor injuries to his face and bruising on his hands and was transported by the Palo Alto Fire Department to a hospital for treatment. The female victim did not participate in the fight and did not suffer any injuries.

Police worked with the couple and were eventually able to identify the suspect as Womack. Detectives presented the case to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office for review, and obtained an arrest warrant for Womack on July 8.

In September 2010, Womack was arrested for allegedly stabbing his stepfather at Palo Alto's Town & Country Village shopping center. Womack called 911 to report the stabbing, according to police.

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 voice mail to 650-383-8984.

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8 people like this
Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Nayeli is a registered user.

I am glad that this guy is finally off of the streets. However, I am puzzled by the fact that this man was charged with ATTEMPTED MURDER for stabbing his dad just five years ago and is already out on the streets again. How is that possible?

4 people like this
Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 21, 2015 at 6:37 pm

Wow, however they identified and nabbed this guy, that is some great police work!
Great job PAPD.

> In September 2010, Womack was arrested for allegedly stabbing his stepfather
> at Palo Alto's Town & Country Village shopping center. Womack called 911
> to report the stabbing, according to police.

Stabs someone in public, at Town & Country five short years ago?

I wonder if the Palo Alto Online would take the time to follow what happens to
some of these violent criminals when they are reported and report on what
happens to them, that is, if they show up back in the news.

How many, how often, what is the rate of recidivism, etc? This just doesn't
seem like our justice system is working very well.

Do we really have so many of these kinds of people that we do not have room
in the prison, mental healthy programs, the courts, whatever to manage them?

6 people like this
Posted by maditalian_1492
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 21, 2015 at 9:30 pm

I hate to say it, but one of the reasons I don't like to park in any of the multi-storied parking lots is because of some of the sketchy individuals who hang out there, day or night. I just don't feel safe in them.

7 people like this
Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 21, 2015 at 9:58 pm

Is this the same parking garage where the Latino teen was a recent victim of a hate crime stabbing?

2 people like this
Posted by Gethin
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 22, 2015 at 12:38 pm

Gethin is a registered user.

More good work by the PAPD. They seem to be really on a roll based on today's articles alone!

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