PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — Police released a sketch Thursday depicting a man wanted for exposing himself to a dog walker Wednesday afternoon in Palo Alto.

Officers were alerted to an indecent exposure incident that occurred in the 2400 block of Louis Road shortly after noon, police said.

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A woman in her 20s was walking her dog north on Louis Road near Oregon Expressway when a driver pulled up next to her and stopped, according to police.

She continued walking but the driver caught up with her, parked near her for a second time and asked for directions to the freeway. The woman then saw the driver was masturbating and his penis was exposed, police said.

She was able to take a photo of the man’s car as he made a U-turn and headed south on Louis Road, police said.

Palo Alto exposure suspect vehicle (Palo Alto Police Department)

Palo Alto exposure suspect vehicle (Palo Alto Police Department)

The suspect was described as a light-skinned black or biracial man in his late 20s to mid-30s with a slim build. He had groomed facial hair and possibly had a goatee, police said.

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He wore a gray zip-up hooded sweatshirt, dark beanie and white in-ear headphones in his ears, according to police.

The suspect’s vehicle was an older-model, four-door maroon Mazda sedan with a spoiler, police said.

There have been no incidents reported recently in the city of a similar suspect or vehicle, according to police.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call police dispatch at (650) 329-2413. Those who wish to remain anonymous may send an email to or can send a text message or voicemail to (650) 383-8984.

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