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Police arrest flasher on attempted rape charge

He chased after woman while exposing himself

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."

Comments

Posted by Jes' Sayin', a resident of Whisman Station
on Apr 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm

This guy is obviously a sicko and needs help, but running after someone is rape now? Seems quite a stretch. They have more imagination than I ever suspected down at the ol' MVPD.


Posted by Jesse, a resident of Castro City
on Apr 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Isn't that close to the Day Worker Center?


Posted by Sal, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 25, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I bet this guy gets more jail time that the K.Sun lady who killed a guy and ran away.

By the standard set in the K.Sun case, this guy should get about 30 seconds of jail time, but of course he won't.


Posted by Steve, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Apr 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I criticize the MVPD regularly for their revenue-generating "law enforcement". This time I commend them for working that area, performing real law enforcement in neighborhood that needs their presence. Good work!


Posted by vkmo, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 25, 2011 at 3:46 pm

That incident is similar to another event which happened in front of Rite Aid on Grant Ave (I think) about 1 week ago, reported in MVV. In that incident the woman photographed the guy, his car including its license and then called 911, resulting in arrest by Police.


Posted by vkmo, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm

She took the guy's and car's photo on her cellphone..... (sorry I missed that in the prev comment)


Posted by The Eye, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 25, 2011 at 4:37 pm

The Eye is a registered user.

It just goes to show that when citizens step up to the plate, and help the police by getting vital information, crimes can be solved in record time, keeping our neighborhoods safe.


Posted by Mr. Rogers, a resident of North Whisman
on Apr 25, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Can't believe anyone is criticizing the MVPD on this one. The more they can charge him with and the longer they can put him away, the better. Why wait until he actually rapes someone? There are many ways that our priorities are out of whack when it comes to what gets someone the most prison time but I have little mercy for those that commit crimes of a sexual or violent nature.


Posted by Trevea, a resident of Monta Loma
on Apr 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Good Job MV Police!


Posted by Elaine, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 25, 2011 at 7:57 pm

"The more they can charge him with and the longer they can put him away, the better."

Really? Wow! So much for civil rights. Why not charge him with drunk driving as well.

It will be hard to prove the attempted rape charge.


Posted by Know-It-All, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 25, 2011 at 8:21 pm

That is correct... Crisanto Ave is in the neighborhood of Day Worker Center: [Web Link]


Posted by Frank, a resident of North Whisman
on Apr 26, 2011 at 9:05 am

I'm sorry, but did anyone else notice that Liz neglected to mention if Mr. Camacho happened to be an illegal alien? After the kidnapping/non-deportation fiasco a few weeks ago, it's not surprising to me that it wasn't mentioned.

But with the trumped up charge of rape, maybe he is an illegal and this is the only way to get him deported????


Posted by Know-It-All, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 26, 2011 at 9:24 am

If you parse "Camacho was charged with indecent exposure and assault with attempt to rape -- the second charge stemming from his aggressively following the victim, Wylie explained" correctly, it follows as below:
assault with attempt to rape = the second charge = aggressively following the victim

It is "attempted rape," not "rape."


Posted by Frank, a resident of North Whisman
on Apr 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Okay then, the trumped up charge of "attempted rape." Is 'aggressively following someone' a crime? Why wasn't he charged with stalking too? Just asking?


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