Sex Crime

* San Mateo Police Searching for Man Who Exposed Himself to a Girl on East 39th Avenue

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San Mateo police are continuing to search today for a man who exposed himself to a 9-year-old girl who was playing in the backyard of her home Wednesday afternoon. The incident was reported at about 4:25 p.m. in the unit block of East 39th Avenue, according to police. The victim was in the rear patio of the home when she noticed the suspect looking over a fence. The suspect asked if she could help him, but when she opened the patio gate, she noticed the suspect had his pants unzipped and was exposing himself, police said. The girl ran back to her residence and told her father, who confronted the suspect in the carport of the residence. The suspect ran away while being chased by the father, and was not found by a subsequent check of the area by San Mateo police. The suspect is described as a white man who is about 20 to 25 years old, about 6 feet tall, weighs between 180-200 pounds, and was unshaven with a few days of facial hair growth, according to police. The suspect has black hair and brown eyes with a dark crew cut hairstyle. He was last seen wearing a black sweater and brown shorts, police said.  George Hall Elementary School is located near where the incident occurred, and the San Mateo Police Department is working with the San
Mateo-Foster City School District to heighten awareness and ensure the safety of the children and the community. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Jennifer Maravillas at (650) 522-7663, the investigations unit of the Police Department at (650) 522-7650, or the anonymous tip line at (650) 522-7676.

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