Police are on the hunt for a man who sat in a chair in front of a hair salon for hours as he masturbated in front of horrified staff.
Hair salon owner Rachelle Daniels told Long Beach Post that she was out running errands when she got a worrying call from her employee about a man who had "sat down in the chair and took his stuff out."
The staff on Bellflower Boulevard, south of the 405 Freeway, the man proceeded to touch himself outside her salon’s windows, but he moved his chair in front of the shop’s door, which had no blinds.
Officers didn't arrive at the scene in Long Beach, California until 40 minutes after a call was made, by which time the pervert had already left.
The hairdresser's owner shared a video of the man on Instagram which prompted a response from a nearby nail salon that claim the same man was spotted masturbating and looking through their window too.
The post has since been deleted.
The shop is now implementing new measures to ensure the safety of its staff, including installing a panic button, new cameras and adding a new closing procedure.
Daniel's added: "Nobody should have to go through what my girls went through with that."
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Long Beach Police spokesperson Richard Mejia said: "If you’re naked in public like there are folks experiencing homelessness who are relieving themselves and are naked in public, that would be a different part of the penal code."
However, Mejia did confirm that the man would be arrested and prosecuted under the harsher penalties and could be required to register as a sex offender.
Indecent exposure is a misdemeanour under the California penal code. It could be escalated to a felony if a prosecutor can prove that there was purposeful touching and sexual arousal involved, he added.
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