SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A man was arrested after witnesses spotted him masturbating at a mall food court while staring at a group of young girls, according to authorities.
Steve Youmans, 39, admitted to CBS13 in an interview Sunday night that he gave in to a “sudden urge” and apologized, insisting he has never done any similar acts before.
“I just want to apologize to the families,” Youmans said. “It was totally wrong.”
Arden Fair Mall security chief Steve Reed said witnesses alerted security officers Saturday after spotting Youmans sitting in the mall food court, groping himself and trying to hide his actions underneath a newspaper.
“We certainly don’t want our customers to be exposed to that kind of conduct,” Reed said.
Surveillance video recorded mall security detaining Youmans after the suspect unsuccessfully attempted to flee.
Youmans spent the night in custody and said he will seek psychological help to prevent further indecent behavior.
“I just want to get on with my life because I’ve got two little boys, one who’s five, one who’s three,” he said. “I didn’t mean to harm anybody by doing this.”