For the second time in two days, a man has exposed himself to a woman in Palo Alto. Police believe it is likely the same person in both incidents.
On Thursday, Jan. 10, at about 6:52 a.m., police received a 911 call from an employee of Equinox, a fitness center located at 440 Portage Ave. The employee reported that a female customer had just seen a man with his pants down near the gym, Palo Alto police said.
The woman was walking through a newly constructed hallway that connects what was once two separate businesses. The hallway is enclosed by clear glass walls and connects the two buildings. The man was standing outside and was facing the inside of the hallway looking through the glass wall.
The victim told an Equinox staff member what she had seen and said the man had walked away on foot, eastbound on Acacia Avenue towards Fry's Electronics.
Although the victim told the staff member that she did not want to involve the police, staff immediately called 911 anyway to report the incident. The victim left the scene before officers arrived. Police have been attempting to locate her to get a detailed statement and a description of the man.
The man is described as a white male in his 20s, between 6 feet and 6-feet-2-inches tall. He weighed about 180 pounds and had dark hair. He was wearing a black sweatshirt and black sweatpants. The hood of the sweatshirt was pulled up over his head.
A similar incident occurred Jan. 8 at approximately 11:14 p.m. in a parking lot on Sherman Avenue, less than a half-mile away from Thursday's crime.
Detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department are working on both investigations. Officers are increasing patrols in the area.
Prior to these two crimes, there had been no similar cases reported in Palo Alto for the past several months. Police recommend that people remain aware of their surroundings, and report suspicious behavior immediately to 911. Indecent exposure is a misdemeanor crime, but it becomes a felony if the suspect has a prior indecent-exposure conviction.
Police ask that anyone who may have information about these crimes contact the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.