Hermosa Beach Police arrested 28-year-old Scott Ross Parker on Friday, Sept. 14 on charges of lewd conduct after Parker was observed masturbating at South Park.
Someone reported Parker to police and later positively identified the suspect, according to a press release.
Police said because of prior arrests, which based on court records include petty theft, animal abuse and second degree robbery, they were asking the public’s help to report additional suspicious or criminal activity of Parker’s.
Sgt. Mick Gaglia said rather than holding Parker until his arraignment in court, he was taken to an area hospital for evaluation. His current status was unknown, said Gaglia.
"Depending on the crime, if a subject is arrested and is unable to bond out of jail, we will keep the subject in custody until they can be transported to court," Gaglia said. "At that point whether he bails out or he’s released we do not have any control over."
If anyone has information they are urged to call Detective Matt Franco at (310) 318-0332 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The arrest comes four days before an individual in Manhattan Beach was reported to police as masturbating in his car in the area of Herrin Street and Voorhees Avenue on Sept 18.
That suspect was described as roughly 25 years old, light brown hair, unshaven, wearing a grey short sleeve shirt and black shorts. He was driving a black or dark grey 4-door compact, possibly a Lexus, with California license plates.
Manhattan police arrested another individual for lewd conduct on Sept. 7 and there was a reported rape in the city on Aug. 26.
In the lewd conduct case, Carson resident Richard Eugene Milton, 31, was arrested for exposing himself to a high school girl walking home from Mira Costa.
In the rape case, police are still working to identify a suspect but they have released a composite drawing. The suspect was described as as African American man in his early 40s, six feet two inches tall, with an athletic build, medium complexion and a thin mustache. He was last seen wearing tan shorts, dark t-shirt and gray tennis shoes in the area of 9th Street and Valley Drive around 9 p.m. Aug 26.
The unidentified suspect is accused of following a woman into her home and raping her. Following the incident the Manhattan Beach Police held a community forum where they addressed concerns and encouraged more public reporting.
Updated 9/20 at 10:55 a.m. to correct Sgt. Mick Gaglia's title and clarify quote.