Mountain View detectives are asking for your help identifying additional victims after officers arrested a man this weekend connected to a case involving an inappropriate relationship with a minor.
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.
When we arrived, we met with a female victim who stated that she was sitting in her car when a man drove up and parked next to her. The man, later identified as 31-year-old Redwood City resident Brandon Yamagata, walked over to the victim’s car, mumbled to her and exposed himself. The woman got out of her car on the passenger’s side and began yelling for help, causing Yamagata to jump into his car and drive through the parking lot.
As we were speaking to the first victim, we were notified that a man matching Yamagata’s description had tried to get a second woman to give him a ride as she was leaving the REI, but she too had called for help. This time, Yamagata tried to run away, but several people ran after him. One of our sergeants in the area saw the crowd following Yamagata, and pulled over and detained him.
During a search of Yamagata’s vehicle, officers found a methamphetamine pipe as well as an identification card of a minor who lives in the area, and in a subsequent interview with Yamagata, we learned he was having an inappropriate relationship with the 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.
We are concerned that Yamagata may have additional victims and are asking the public’s help to identify anyone else who may have spent time with Yamagata. If you have any additional information on this case, please contact Det. Marco Garcia at 650-903-6356.