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 firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.