Palo Alto police search for indecent-exposure suspect


Police are investigating an indecent-exposure incident that occurred on Friday, Sept. 4, in Palo Alto, according to a police department press release.

At about 3:15 p.m., the department's 24-hour dispatch center received a call reporting the incident. Police said two 10-year-old girls were walking home from school west on Ames Avenue, and when they neared the intersection of Ross Road, they saw a man in the driver's seat of a parked car with no pants on.

The man looked up and made eye contact with the girls through the closed window, but did not say anything or gesture to them, police said. The girls ran to one of their homes and told a parent what they saw. The parent then called police.

The victims described the suspect as a white male in his 30s with a medium build. He had short, straight brown hair and was wearing a red T-shirt. The man's car was a navy, four-door hatchback Honda Fit, police said.

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 actively investigating the case and are working to determine if the incident is related to recent indecent-exposure cases involving adults and children in Palo Alto, including one that occurred on Aug. 21 and another on Aug. 27.

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 department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 4, 2015 at 8:55 pm

What's up with the huge number of sex crimes in Palo Alto in recent months? Since this doesn't seem to be a region-wide problem, I'm guessing this is a Palo Alto resident.

In addition to the 2 links in the original article, here is another one with a suspect description very similar to the current case (white man with medium build and straight brown hair). There is a sketch of the suspect in the article. If you know anyone who looks remotely like this, please call the police before he gets violent. These kind of crimes do frequently escalate if the perp is not caught. Web Link

In some of the other cases, the suspect is described as a thin white man with curly hair. If you know someone who looks like that, please report him, too. You can find suspect descriptions on this web site and also on the Palo Alto city web site.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 5, 2015 at 8:33 am

Let's get this into some sort of perspective.

I know we have had many flashers reports lately, but really what did this man do that was so wrong?

He was sitting in the car. The car was parked. The girls looked into the car and noticed he was wearing no pants. They must have really looked hard to see this, it could never have been noticed by a glance. The guy made eye contact with them, well so would I if I had been sitting in my car waiting for someone or on the phone, and a couple of kids came and looked in the car and stared at me. He didn't gesture to them, he didn't say anything to them.

Are we getting paranoid? Do we really know that he wasn't wearing pants?

Sometimes when we talk to kids telling them to be careful and put these ideas of what might happen into their heads, then that's what they imagine they see.

I hope that no innocent guy is going to get into big trouble now.

Of course, if it could be proved that he was wearing no pants, but how can that be either proved or defended?

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Posted by Slow Down
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 5, 2015 at 11:59 am

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Posted by resident
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 5, 2015 at 12:25 pm

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