The woman was walking on a segment of the trail between El Camino Real and Yuba Drive when she noticed a man walking toward her, police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said. As she neared the man she saw that he was exposed and touching himself.
The woman decided to continue walking past the man, Wylie said. He did not touch her or say anything, but he did stop and stare as she passed. She called 911 immediately. She described him to police as a white man in his 20s, about 6 feet tall, of medium build and wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with blue jeans.
An elderly woman apparently scared off a burglar Thursday afternoon when she came home while the thief was still inside, police said.
A friend of the 80-year-old Mountain View resident dropped her off at her home in the 2000 block of Rock Street around 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, according to police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.
As the woman entered her home, her friend — who was waiting out front to make sure she got inside safely — heard a loud noise and saw a man emerge from the patio area behind the woman's home, Wylie said. The man made eye contact with the woman's friend and then fled on foot.
The friend ran inside to make sure the woman was OK, Wylie said. She was fine but her apartment had been burgled; she did not see the man her friend saw.
Instead of calling police, the two got back in the car and tried to find the burglar, eventually calling the police around 1:50 p.m. Neither the woman and her friend nor police could locate the burglar.
"In the event your home is burglarized, don't try to track the suspect," Wylie said, noting that burglars may be dangerous. Also, she added, the sooner the police are called the sooner they can respond and begin an official investigation.
Wylie said police believe the burglar entered the woman's apartment through her bathroom window. "People tend to forget to lock their bathroom windows," she said. "Lock all your windows and doors and don't forget about that bathroom window."
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