PALO ALTO -- Officers cited an Oregon man for allegedly dropping his pants and touching himself in front of an elderly woman walking her dog, the second such bust within three days.

Stephen Timothy Frey, 22, of Happy Valley, was cited for misdemeanor indecent exposure and lewd conduct in public for the incident near Juana Briones Park on Wednesday, said Palo Alto police Officer Marco Estrada. Because the case was a misdemeanor, he wasn't taken to jail, police said.

Just two days later, officers arrested a Stockton man who police say pulled down his shorts on Thursday in front of a woman in her 40s on the 500 block of Everett Court, about four and a half miles from the location of the other incident.

Police say the crime Wednesday happened about 8:30 a.m. on the 4100 block of Clemo Avenue after a woman spotted the man walking back and forth on the sidewalk. After he pulled down his pants and "touched himself in a sexual manner," she called police, Estrada said. The man then drove off in a dark green car.

Officers arrived two minutes after the call and spotted Frey driving a dark green 1994 Mazda MPV minivan in the area. As soon as Frey saw the police car make a U-turn behind him, he pulled over on the 4100 block of Clemo Avenue and waited for the officer, Estrada said

Despite the schools and parks in the area, there was no indication he targeted children, police said.


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Officers said they are looking into whether Frey was responsible for other indecent exposure incidents earlier in January. Frey is about 6 feet 5 inches tall with short brown hair. He wore blue jeans and a brown coat the day of Wednesday's alleged crime.

The suspect in the Thursday flashing, 39-year-old Richard Kelly McCloskey, was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on Friday on a probation violation. He had been on probation for a burglary conviction.

People with information about other incidents can call Palo Alto police at 650-329-2413.

Contact Joshua Melvin at 650-348-4335. Follow him at Twitter.com/melvinreport.