Palo Alto police search for man who allegedly exposed himself to 12-year-old


UPDATE: The Palo Alto Police Department released a sketch of the man who allegedly exposed himself indecently to a 12-year-old girl on Wednesday in Palo Alto. The sketch can be viewed on the right.


Police are investigating an incident in which a man allegedly exposed himself indecently to a girl on Wednesday in Palo Alto, according to a police department press release.

At about 1:41 p.m., the police received a call reporting that a 12-year-old girl had been walking her dog in the 2200 block of Louis Road when a car stopped next to her. The girl made eye contact with the driver and then noticed he was masturbating, police said. The girl took out her smartphone and the man allegedly said, "I'm sorry" before he drove off south on Louis toward Oregon Expressway.

The girl went home and immediately told a parent, who called police.

The suspect is described as an overweight Hispanic male in his 40s with short dark hair and a dark complexion. He was wearing a T-shirt and long pants and drove an older silver four-door sedan, possibly a Honda or Toyota. The girl described the car as being "dirty."

No sketch of the man is available at this time, but if one is produced, the police department will release it.

Detectives are investigating the case and are working to determine if the incident is connected to any other cases in Palo Alto or surrounding communities.

Police advise residents to report suspicious activity by calling 911. Parents should remind children to remain alert and tell a trusted adult about anything they see that does not seem right, police said.

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


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— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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