Police arrested a man who chased after a woman while exposing himself and touching himself Sunday evening.
The 26-year-old Mountain View man, Jose Camacho, was quickly located after the incident was reported to police dispatchers at 5:16 p.m. on April 24, according to police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.
The 28-year-old Mountain View woman was walking on Crisanto Avenue toward Escuela Avenue when she saw the man emerge from some bushes. The man was exposed and touching himself, Wylie said, so the woman quickly crossed the street. The man followed her, so she started running and the man began running as well. She began screaming for help, at which point the man stopped following her, turned around and walked back down Crisanto Avenue away from Escuela Avenue.
Wylie said there were police officers in the immediate vicinity who were able to respond quickly. The victim's mother, who heard her daughter's screams, followed Camacho as he walked down Crisanto and pointed him out to police officers, who arrested him near the skate park in Rengstorff Park.
Camacho was charged with indecent exposure and assault with attempt to rape -- the second charge stemming from his aggressively following the victim, Wylie explained.
This incident is uncommon as far as indecent exposure cases go, Wylie said.
Often, in cases such as this, the perpetrator only wishes to expose himself. "The vast majority of those people don't progress to the next step," she said.
"This is an isolated incident," Wylie said, but noted that police are investigating to see if any other similar events have occurred recently in the area. "We always tell people if something like that happens, the best thing to do is walk away from the person and call 911 right away or seek assistance from someone."