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Palo Alto Police Department
Thursday May 30th, 2019 :: 02:50 p.m. PDT


News Release: Man Arrested for Indecent Exposure

Police arrested a man for exposing himself and masturbating in public in the downtown area.

On Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 9:45 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a report of an indecent exposure that had just occurred at the intersection of University Avenue and Bryant Street. The male reporting party told officers he had observed a man standing at the intersection with his pants down around his ankles. The suspect was openly masturbating in a busy and populated public area. Police contacted the suspect and took him into custody without incident.

The suspect is 36-year-old Reginald Tyrone Barnett of Oakland. He was arrested for indecent exposure (misdemeanor) and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail. Barnett is currently on active court probation out of Alameda County for vandalism. His booking photo is attached to this news release.

Police also arrested and booked Barnett into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on Sunday, May 26 for attempted sexual battery (misdemeanor) that he had committed approximately three blocks away from Wednesday’s incident. In that case, a female victim in her twenties reported she was walking north on Waverley Street near Lytton Avenue when Barnett ran toward her and bent down telling her he wanted to kiss her buttocks. Barnett chased the victim and made a second attempt to kiss her, but she was able to get away unharmed.

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 or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or

Palo Alto Police Department
275 Forest Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 650-329-2406

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