San Mateo police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who allegedly exposed himself to a 10-year-old girl at Barnes and Noble last month.
The incident occurred around 3 p.m. on June 23, San Mateo Police Sgt. Dave Norris said Friday, the same day police released a sketch and photo of the man.
The man approached the girl while she was in the children's book section, then led the girl to a more secluded area in another part of the store, Norris said.
He then exposed himself to the girl, and had "inappropriate physical contact with her," Norris said.
Detectives are continuing to investigate the crime, and are looking for the assistance of the community to help identify the suspect.
Video footage of the suspect was captured on the store’s surveillance cameras and can be viewed here. The suspect is described as white, in his 50’s, approximately 6’0”tall; wearing a fishing hat, sunglasses, and tan cargo pants.
The suspect was seen getting into a dirty black or gray 4-door car parked in the parking lot of the store.
Investigators are seeking additional leads in this case. Any community member having information related to this incident which occurred at the Barnes & Noble book store in San Mateo on Sunday, June 23, at about 3:00 p.m., is urged to contact the San Mateo Police Department:
SMPD Investigations Bureau: 522-7650
SMPD Secret Witness hotline: 522-7676
Anonymous E-Mail to SMPD: Sanmateo@tipnow.org
SMPD Dispatch: 522-7700
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