A man was arrested after allegedly “touching” a boy inside a bathroom at a park in Pico Rivera Sunday morning, officials said.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Pico Rivera deputies responded to the scene at Smith Park, 6016 Rosemead Blvd. The boy’s father was made aware of the incident after waiting outside of the bathroom and detained the man with help from security personnel, officials said.
A tweet from an observer at the scene said that the man “fought with another adult who rushed into the bathroom before several officers intervened.”
The man was described as being about 30 and officials believe he could possibly be a transient. He was booked for lewd and lascivious acts on a child with force, officials said.
“He’s not known as a sexual predator,” sheriff’s Lt. Ann Devane said. “He hasn’t showed up in the Megan’s Law database. We don’t have anything more on him.”
The sheriff’s Special Victim’s Bureau is handling the investigation and further details are not being released because the victim is a minor, officials said.
Officials advised parents to go with their children in public places and to teach children to yell and scream if somebody is trying to assault, touch or take them somewhere they’re not supposed to be going.
“Keep your kids close and stay safe,” Devane said.
A photo from the scene showed two sheriff’s department vehicles at the park.
KTLA’s Geoff Peters contributed to this story.