Sex Offender Arrested in Connection With Video of Man Touching Himself Near Children’s Play Area at Glendale Park

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Hazem Alhajeh, 36, is seen in an Aug. 30, 2018, booking photo released by the Glendale Police Department.

Hazem Alhajeh, 36, is seen in an Aug. 30, 2018, booking photo released by the Glendale Police Department.

A registered sex offender was arrested Thursday after police released video in the search for a man seen touching his genitals outside a children’s play area in Glendale earlier this month.

Glendale resident Hazem Alhajeh, 36, was taken into custody in connection with the Aug. 17 incident at Pacific Park after someone saw the video on the news and recognized him, the Glendale Police Department said in a news release.

He was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure. Alhajeh was already awaiting trail in a second indecent exposure case after being arrested in February in Pasadena, authorities said.

Additionally, Alhajeh was required to register as a sex offender as the result of another indecent exposure case out of Pasadena in 2014, police said.

Authorities released the cellphone video, captured by a concerned mother near the children’s splash pad at the Pacific Avenue park, on Tuesday in hopes members of the public could provide information on his identity.

The video shows him scanning the park while touching his genitals over his shorts repeatedly with one hand. In the other hand, he held a cellphone up to his ear.

Sgt. Dan Suttles previously told KTLA he “appears to be very deliberately touching himself in a way that would be sexually gratifying” while standing feet away from children.

Suttles noted more children were in the park than usual that day because a nearby school was hosting orientation.

After receiving a citizen tip, detectives conducted further investigation and eventually obtained an arrest warrant.

On Thursday, police served a search warrant at his home on the 1000 block of South Adams Street and took him into custody without incident.

Inmate records showed he was being held on $35,000 bail and scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 4.

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