ARDEN-ARCADE -- After a two-day investigation, deputies were able to make an arrest after a teacher says she saw a man “fondling himself” near an Arden-Arcade preschool.
The nearby community was on edge after learning the man allegedly exposed himself near a preschool Tuesday just as students were playing outside.
"I’m a teacher, so it really would affect me because it’s just not right," said Sacramento resident Jane Montes.
A teacher at the school spotted the man behind some bushes as he touched himself with his pants down in the area of Belport Lane near El Camino Avenue. She said the man appeared unfazed as she snapped a photograph of him.
"We weren’t sure what we were dealing with," said Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Shaun Hampton. "We just wanted to make sure that we put every piece of energy and investigative tactics that we can use to bring this person to justice."
The teacher says she saw the man again Wednesday morning in front of a different, nearby school on El Camino Avenue.
Hampton told FOX40 the incident was of great concern to law enforcement.
Deputies arrested him Thursday morning after an alert citizen reported the man walking near Fulton and El Camino avenues, just down the street from the two schools.
The suspect was identified as 31-year-old Sayed Nasratullah, of Sacramento. He was unknown to police until now.
"There was two reasons this was alarming to us," Hampton told FOX40. "Being in close proximity to a school and not really being alarmed when challenged by another citizen, that was one aspect. The other aspect is a lot of times in case history there have been incidents where offenders have started off this way."
Nasratullah is currently booked in the Sacramento County Main Jail with a $1,000 bail.
"That’s horrible. He needs some help and he needs more than just a slap on the wrist," said Sacramento resident Katie Wolf.
"As someone who’s bold enough to do that will do it again, so it is nerve-wracking," said resident Amor Auwinger.
The suspect faces a misdemeanor charge for indecent exposure, which is not enough to hold him for an extended period of time in the county jail.
Police will be upping patrols in the neighborhood to make sure this doesn’t happen again.