Man arrested for masturbating in front of woman in Palo Alto parking garage

PALO ALTO (KRON) — Police arrested a man after he masturbated in front of a woman driving her car in a downtown Palo Alto parking garage Tuesday, according to Palo Alto police.

Police received a call around 7:30 p.m. of a man exposing himself inside of City Parking Garage “S” at 450 Bryant Steet, police said.

Responding officers detained 26-year-old Prooks Mapa of Menlo Park on Lytton Avenue and Kipling Street not long after the call.

The victim, a woman in her 20s, was walking to her car inside of the parking garage when she saw a man loitering in the area, officials said.

Moments later, as the woman drove out of the garage, the same man walked toward her car while exposing himself and masturbating. The victim left the area and immediately called police.

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

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

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