Redwood City Man arrested in Mountain View after exposing himself to women
MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Mountain View Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying possible victims after officers arrested a man this weekend connected to a case involving an inappropriate relationship with a minor.
According to the Mountain View Police, “On Sunday around 12:30 PM, our officers responded to the parking lot of Orchard Supply Hardware, located on the 2500 block of Charleston Road, for reports of a man indecently exposing himself to people.”
At the scene a female victim stated that a male suspect had parked next to her, and began to openly expose himself to her as he walked near her vehicle. The female victim, realizing that the suspect was trying to expose himself, exited the vehicle through the passenger’s side of the vehicle and began yelling for help.
Fearing that the police were being called to the scene, the man drove out of the parking lot and then entered the REI parking lot. Unlike the last contact with a female victim, this time he approached a woman and tried to get her to give him a ride.
The woman, wanting nothing to do with him, called for help. Several people in the area ran after the suspect to try and detain him. A patrolling MVPD Sergeant saw a crowd following the suspect and detained him. Mountain View Police detectives were able to identify the man as 31-year-old Redwood City resident Brandon Yamagata. During his detainment MVPD officers found Yamagata’s vehicle and searched it.
MVPD officers found a methamphetamine pipe as well as an identification card of a minor who lives in the area. During a brief conversation with Yamagata, it was found that he was having an inappropriate relationship with the young teenager.
Yamagata was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on charges of indecent exposure, annoying or molesting a child, furnishing a controlled substance to a minor, unlawful sex with a minor, child endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
The MVPD is asking that anyone who recognizes Yamagata and feel they may have been victimized by the suspect, or know someone that may have been victimized by the suspect, to contact MVPD Detective Marco Garcia at 650-903-6356.