Authorities are seeking the public's help in identifying a man seen touching himself near the children's splash pad area at Pacific Park in Glendale earlier this month.
The man was spotted by a concerned bystander standing outside the fence for the water play area at the park, located at 501 S. Pacific Ave., around 2:45 p.m. on Aug. 17, Glendale police said in a news release.
The man was scanning the park while he touching his genitals over his clothing and speaking on his cellphone, the witness told police. The bystander recorded the man's behavior on their own mobile device.
He eventually left the park in a dark-colored 2018 Toyota Camry with black wheels, officials said.
Glendale Police Sgt. Dan Suttles said there were a lot of children around the park that day because of school orientations.
“It doesn’t appear to me as though this man was just scratching himself," Suttles said. "He appears to be very deliberately touching himself in a way that would be sexually gratifying, and that is what is actually concerning ... when somebody does something of that nature, specifically when they’re doing it directly outside of a school and literally within feet of children."
Police describe the man as being 30 to 40 years old with black hair, a black beard and medium build.
Anyone with information can contact Detective Michael Mercado at 818-548-3106.
KTLA's Cindy Von Quednow contributed to this story.