UPDATE: A sketch of the suspect was release by the Palo Alto Police Department on Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Palo Alto police are looking for a man who allegedly flashed a woman Friday evening, Aug. 28, in downtown, according to a police department press release.
At about 9:53 p.m., the department's 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a woman reporting that a man had flashed her while she was in her car. The incident happened at about 8:30 p.m., police said.
Investigators said the victim, a woman in her 30s, was walking on the 100 block of University Avenue when she first noticed a man following her. She proceeded to city parking garage "R," at 528 High Street, to her car.
The man continued to follow her, police said, but stopped near the stairwell of the parking garage while the woman got into her car and drove off. The woman drove south on High Street and stopped a few blocks away to program her GPS system. She could not recall where she was when she stopped the car, police said.
The woman then heard a knock on the closed driver-side window, police said. When she looked up, she saw the man who was following her standing next to the door with his pants pulled down and his penis exposed.
The woman screamed and started to drive off, but the man continued to knock on the window while flashing her, police said. She drove home and called police about 90 minutes later to report the incident
The victim described the suspect as a white male in his mid-20s, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a medium build. He had medium-length brown hair and was wearing a light-colored T-shirt and dark-colored shorts. The woman did not see the suspect with a vehicle.
No sketch of the man is available at this time, but if one is produced, the police department will release it as soon as it is available.
Detectives are investigating the case to see if it is connected to any other incidents that have occurred in Palo Alto or surrounding communities.
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 via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.