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Man accused of attempted sexual battery, masturbating in public arrested

Alleged crimes occurred within three blocks of each other within a three-day span

A man was arrested twice this week in downtown Palo Alto, once for allegedly attempting to kiss a woman's buttocks and a second time for masturbating in the middle of a major intersection, police said Thursday.

Officers first encountered the 36-year-old Oakland man on Sunday around 7:10 p.m. when he ran toward a woman in her 20s walking north on Waverley Street near Lytton Avenue, not far from a 7-Eleven store. He allegedly bent down and told her that he wanted to kiss her buttocks, police said in a press release. The man chased after the woman and tried to kiss her a second time, but she escaped unharmed.

Police located the Oakland resident and arrested and booked him into Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of attempted sexual battery.

Then on Wednesday around 9:45 p.m., a male reported an indecent exposure incident to police at University Avenue and Bryant Street, about three blocks away from Sunday's attempted sexual battery. A man later identified as the 36-year-old was standing at the intersection allegedly masturbating in public with his pants around his ankles, police said.

Officers took the man into custody without incident and booked him into county jail on suspicion of indecent exposure, police said. A records search showed he is currently on probation out of Alameda County for vandalism.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

Editor's note: The Weekly's policy is to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney has determined there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case. See our guidelines here.

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1 person likes this
Posted by YSK
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 30, 2019 at 7:56 pm

Gross.


25 people like this
Posted by Everybody's Got Something To Hide...Except For Me & My Monkey
a resident of University South
on May 30, 2019 at 8:17 pm

from the PA Weekly...

"at University Avenue and Bryant Street...the 36-year-old was standing at the intersection allegedly masturbating in public with his pants around his ankles, police said."

That takes balls!



18 people like this
Posted by Saw him
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 31, 2019 at 2:31 am

I've seen this guy downtown before and he is clearly mentally ill. Palo Alto is turning into Berkeley. Hang on to your purses.


18 people like this
Posted by Mental asylums needed
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 31, 2019 at 10:46 am

They shouldn't have closed mental asylums years ago ... What did they think will happen when they let mentally ill people run free in public?


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Posted by gotzta cutcutcut
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on May 31, 2019 at 11:33 am

@mental asylums needed: What did they think will happen when they let mentally ill people run free in public?

Been a long time. Many missteps. Here's a couple of key events:



1967: Reagan administration cuts the Department of Mental Hygiene - cuts 2,600 jobs and 10 percent of the budget (hospitals were already below recommended staffing levels)

Reagan signs law that ends the practice of institutionalizing patients against their will, or for indefinite amounts of time. Makes no alternate plans for the fallout.

1968: the number of mentally ill people entering San Mateo criminal justice system doubles. (I have not seen SC county numbers, but one assumes similar)



Gotz ta pay for those tax cuts for the uber-wealthy, somehow.

Lastly - while the above is fact, speculation here about the accused is just that: speculation.


21 people like this
Posted by Beyond Speculation
a resident of University South
on May 31, 2019 at 1:19 pm

> I've seen this guy downtown before and he is clearly mentally ill.

> speculation here about the accused is just that: speculation.

^^^ So where do you draw the line between mental illness & public exhibitionism?

Could this be considered performance art or was he simply in the wrong place at the wrong time?

And where do you draw the line on discretion?

Do normal people do this on University & Bryant at night?


14 people like this
Posted by Jackie Ott
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 31, 2019 at 3:10 pm

"^^^ So where do you draw the line between mental illness & public exhibitionism?"

What does this have to do with the poster answering a historical question?

I also agree, far too much speculation, as is usual for any online comment section.


9 people like this
Posted by Thought it was....
a resident of Los Altos
on May 31, 2019 at 4:31 pm

"Man accused of attempting to kiss woman's buttocks"

When I read this part of the headline, I thought of Bill Johnson and his kowtowing to Winter Dellanbach, Michelle Dauber, Karen holman and Cheryl Lillienstein to name a few women.


26 people like this
Posted by The Proof Is In The Pudding
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 31, 2019 at 6:15 pm

> What does this have to do with the poster answering a historical question?

Historical question? About some guy exposing himself & attracting unnecessary attention on University & Bryant at night?

More like another whack job...no pun intended.

If this was normal behavior, he wouldn't have been arrested.


6 people like this
Posted by gotzta cutcutcut
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Jun 1, 2019 at 10:46 am

> Historical question? About some guy exposing himself & attracting unnecessary attention on University & Bryant at night?

Interesting inability to follow the thread? Or just didn't bother to read?

The question posed: "They shouldn't have closed mental asylums years ago ... What did they think will happen when they let mentally ill people run free in public?"

Historical points provided in response:

"1967: Reagan administration cuts the Department of Mental Hygiene - cuts 2,600 jobs and 10 percent of the budget (hospitals were already below recommended staffing levels)

Reagan signs law that ends the practice of institutionalizing patients against their will, or for indefinite amounts of time. Makes no alternate plans for the fallout.

1968: the number of mentally ill people entering San Mateo criminal justice system doubles. (I have not seen SC county numbers, but one assumes similar)"

@jackie ott & @beyond spec were just commenting on the post above.

Happy to set you back on the thread track, and thanks for yet another attempt at a pun (this thread invites it, one notes...)


25 people like this
Posted by Beyond Speculation
a resident of University South
on Jun 1, 2019 at 12:02 pm

> Interesting inability to follow the thread? Or just didn't bother to read?

OK. We'll simply blame Reagan for the guy on University & Bryant expressing himself.

If that's your primary 'bone of contention', it isn't a very good one but we'll leave it at that.


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Posted by gotzta cutcutcut
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Jun 1, 2019 at 12:28 pm

Shucks, now I feel bad for @pudding/@beyondspec on two fronts: inability to follow the thread and now showing us that the sole highlight of your contribution is the feeble pun.

I did not 'blame' anyone as you in-artfully call a 'bone of contention'; it is just a statement of historical fact. A number of moves were made that clearly had repercussions immediately and in the long term. How would you add to the question posed?

"They shouldn't have closed mental asylums years ago ... What did they think will happen when they let mentally ill people run free in public?"

(another opportunity for your punning, of course, though one is advised to consider first John Dryden and Samuel Johnson)



12 people like this
Posted by Beyond Speculation
a resident of University South
on Jun 1, 2019 at 12:47 pm

"They shouldn't have closed mental asylums years ago ... What did they think will happen when they let mentally ill people run free in public?"

Well now we agree on something as mental asylums serve to protect both the confined and the public at large.

This reported incident on University & Bryant was obviously 'rubbing some people the wrong way' & as a result, the police responded accordingly.

Since this particular individual was previously detained due to a prior incident occurring at the downtown 7-11, it is most likely the sincere wishes of the PA public that there will not be any encore performances of a similar nature.

The curtains must finally be drawn & this person held for observation.

Darn you Reagan.


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Posted by gotzta cutcutcut
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Jun 1, 2019 at 12:51 pm

welp, you've made your bed....

Toodles. Have a great weekend.


6 people like this
Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 1, 2019 at 4:06 pm

"tax cuts for the uber-wealthy"

Near as I can tell, California's Mental Health Services Fund comes entirely from a 1% surcharge collected on state taxable incomes over $1 million. Annual amount something like $2 billion. The uber-wealthy are the only ones contributing here. The rest of us put in zero.


15 people like this
Posted by The Proof Is In The Pudding
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 1, 2019 at 5:29 pm

> Gotz ta pay for those tax cuts for the uber-wealthy, somehow.

So the uber-wealthy beneficiaries are responsible for the unchecked mental illness in Palo Alto & beyond? Seriously?

Now we know who to rightfully blame for some guy relieving himself at University Avenue & Bryant Street in the middle of the night.

Let's see now...the last time I checked, Reagan 'historically' fired a bunch of air traffic controllers but I couldn't help but notice that the passenger planes are still flying, even to the chagrin of some aircraft-related noise sensitive individuals posting from time to time.

So let's blame Reagan for all of the individuals kissing unappreciative buttocks & pleasuring themselves in public.



27 people like this
Posted by gotzta cutcutcut
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Jun 1, 2019 at 5:30 pm

California's Mental Health Services Fund started up almost 40 years after the facilities were shut down.


34 people like this
Posted by gotzta cutcutcut
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Jun 1, 2019 at 5:34 pm

Proof: So let's blame Reagan...

As noted above, his actions in 1967 (along with others, of course) were the big event that got it all rolling.

Nice deflection to PATCO and Reagan breaking his promise to support them in exchange for their endorsements. That's another thread.


28 people like this
Posted by The Proof Is In The Pudding
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 1, 2019 at 5:47 pm

The population of California in 1967 was far less than it is today & the number of mentally-ill individuals considerably less.

Migration from other parts of the country & beyond has led to an increase of mental illness as well as crime which is proportionate to the increase in overall population.

This is why there should be a moratorium on further resettling in California as all dysfunctional & criminal %s will naturally increase the more people there are.

Besides, the state is getting far too overcrowded regardless of where the newcomers are arriving from.


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Posted by observer
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 3, 2019 at 11:19 pm

""Man accused of attempting to kiss woman's buttocks"

When I read this part of the headline, I thought of Bill Johnson and his kowtowing to Winter Dellanbach, Michelle Dauber, Karen holman and Cheryl Lillienstein"

Thanks. Envisioning that I doubt I will sleep for several days


8 people like this
Posted by No Sympathy For The Mentally Deranged
a resident of University South
on Jun 4, 2019 at 7:30 pm

If some male stranger inappropriately tried to kiss my rear end, I'd simply bop him over the head with my purse & contact the PAPD on my cell phone. I have no use for lunatics invading the personal & private space of others.

As for the same individual conducting himself in an unbecoming manner on University & Bryant...(1) cell phone pic, and (2) call the PAPD.

These mentally unstable individuals should be taken away & sequestered indefinitely for mental observation & treatment.


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