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Menlo Park man cited for indecent exposure in Palo Alto

 

A 26-year-old man from Menlo Park was cited for indecent exposure Tuesday night for allegedly exposing himself and masturbating in a downtown Palo Alto parking garage, according to a police department press release.

A woman walking to her car inside a Bryant Street parking garage called police at about 7:30 p.m. to report the incident, police said. Officers responded to the scene and detained the man, later identified as Prooks Vaioemoui Mapa, on Lytton Avenue at Kipling Street.

Investigators said the victim, a woman in her 30s, was walking through City Parking Garage "S" at 450 Bryant St. and saw a man loitering in the area. When she drove her car out of the garage, the same man walked toward her vehicle while exposing himself and masturbating, police said. The woman left the area and called police.

Police cited Mapa for one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure. Since he received an arrest citation, no booking photo is available, police said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

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7 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 9, 2015 at 6:26 pm

I'm curious, what is the penalty for a "citation" like this? Is this like a parking ticket? Or is their some kind of trial and sentence by a judge?


5 people like this
Posted by Gethin
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 10, 2015 at 1:38 pm

Gethin is a registered user.

I am curious as well, what is an arrest citation as opposed to an arrest, and why does that mean there is no photo?


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