Oakland man arrested on suspicion of lewd conduct in Palo Alto park


An Oakland man who police said exposed himself to a woman in a Palo Alto park was arrested on Thursday, Oct. 8, according to a police department press release.

Police were dispatched to Peers Park, at 899 Park Blvd., at about 2:15 p.m. on report of a man, later identified as Joseph Nicholas Harrell, exposing himself to a woman walking in the area.

The victim, a woman in her 30s, was walking through the park when Harrell, 30, called out to her, asking her to look his way, police said.

When she looked over, Harrell's hand was in his pants and he was allegedly engaged in "lewd conduct," which he continued as the woman left the park to call police.

Harrell was arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of misdemeanor lewd and lascivious conduct, police said.

Police said there were no children present in the park at the time of the incident.

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 Midtown Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 15, 2015 at 2:46 pm

I'm sure the overwhelming majority of people would like to come down hard on this wretched individual. I don't much disagree except to point out that the way he is likely to be dealt with means he is free to continue to offend in the future, maybe a different park etc. The avoidance of mental health treatment for people who most need it is a social problem with large consequences, often ending in catastrophe. Nobody wants to fund the needed treatment. It isn't likely to happen and we are going to eventually have draconian measures enacted that severely restrict everybody's freedoms. It is going to cost a bundle to address these problems either way and no one is ready for it, surely not in an election year.

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