Editor's Note: A sketch of the man was provided by the Palo Alto Police Department on Tuesday afternoon and has been posted.
Palo Alto police are looking for a man they said exposed his genitals to a 13-year-old girl walking her dogs on the 600 block of Melville Avenue on Monday, March 14.
The incident was reported at about 7:14 p.m., police said. The girl was walking her two dogs west on Melville Avenue from Middlefield Road when a man she described as white, between 25 and 30 years old and with sun-tanned skin, walked toward her on the sidewalk, stopped and smiled as he reached down to pet her dogs. When the man stood back up, he allegedly lifted his sweatshirt to reveal his exposed penis.
The man did not say anything to the girl, police said. She told police she quickly walked away and that the man followed her from a distance of about 3/4 of a block. When she got home, she told a parent, who went looking for the man while calling police.
The parent last saw the man crossing Middlefield, walking toward Rinconada Park, police said. Officers conducted an extensive search but were unable to locate the man.
The perpetrator was of average height and had a skinny build and scruffy, black, wavy hair that went down to the bottom of his neck, the girl told police. He was wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt, gray and green cargo pants and white sneakers. The man was also carrying a black backpack.
Detectives are investigating the incident to see if it's connected to any other cases in Palo Alto or surrounding communities.
Police said residents should report suspicious activity to 911 and parents should remind children to remain alert no matter where they are and to tell a trusted adult immediately about anything they see that does not seem quite right.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the police department's 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.