Palo Alto police are seeking the public's assistance to identify a man who allegedly exposed himself to a woman who was walking her dog in a city park on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
The indecent exposure occurred at Monroe Park, 4305 Miller Ave., at about 5:30 p.m. The victim, a woman in her 40s, called police 15 minutes after the incident. Officers responded to the area, but were unable to locate the suspect, police said in a press release on Wednesday.
The woman was walking her dog in the neighborhood, and as she approached the park, she first noticed the suspect riding his bicycle in circles in the street nearby. She entered the park and was walking on the path with her dog on a leash.
As they reached the north end of the park, her dog walked up to the suspect, who had dismounted his bike and was standing in the grass near the path. When the victim went to pull her dog away from the man, she looked at him and noticed that he was grinning at her and that his penis was fully exposed through the zipper of his pants, police said. She left the area and called police.
The victim described the suspect as a male in his early 20s with an olive complexion and dark curly hair. He was wearing a black shirt, green pants and sunglasses. He had a backpack or similar bag slung over one shoulder. The victim could not describe his bicycle, but it was not a road bike, according to police.
Detectives are investigating to determine if this incident is connected to any other cases.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.