A man was arrested Wednesday for alleged peeping and lewd conduct at an apartment complex in Palo Alto's Barron Park neighborhood, where he was particularly drawn to the windows of units where young girls live, the Police Department said Thursday.
The department launched an investigation after receiving a call on July 19 about a prowler at the complex located in the 600 block of Los Robles Avenue, which is off of El Camino Real, according to a press release issued Thursday.
The man was later identified as Michael Fields, 43, of Fremont, who is a former resident of the complex.
Surveillance footage revealed that between July 15 and Aug. 7, Fields peeped through several residents' windows more than a dozen times at night and masturbated while doing so on at least one occasion, according to police.
Fields allegedly peered into windows of units where young girls live, according to the release. Officers arrested Fields in front of the complex after obtaining a probable cause warrant and he was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail. He is accused of lewd conduct in a public place and peeping and prowling, which are all misdemeanors, police said.
Anyone with information that could aid in the investigation is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.