Police Surveillance Catches Man Exposing Himself to Children Passing By

Plus other crimes in Sandy Springs.


Provided by Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose

Sandy Springs Police arrested 29-year old Fernando Arriola-Lobo of Cedar Run in Sandy Springs, Thursday, following complaints of a man exposing himself to middle school students walking to school.

Detectives learned that Arriola-Lobo, who was employed by the Azalea Park Apartments as a maintenance employee, accessed a vacant apartment building that was within view of the sidewalk along North River Drive, commonly used by students who walked to the nearby Sandy Springs Middle School. While in the apartment, Arriola-Lobo exposed himself to female students from a window as the students walked pass the vacant apartment.

On Wednesday, two female students reported the incident to a Fulton County School Resource Officer who notified SSPD. On Thursday morning, detectives set up surveillance across from the apartment. Just before 8 a.m., they witnessed and photographed a man, later identified as Arriola-Lobo, as he exposed himself to several female students as they walked past the apartment.

When the detectives converged on the apartment, the suspect was gone. A detective later noticed a man and a pickup truck who were seen near the incident area prior to and then just after the incident. The man was detained and questioned about the incident. He was arrested a short time later after admitting to exposing himself to the students.  

Fernando Arriola-Lobo is charged with six counts of Public Indecency and six counts of Child Molestation. He is in the Fulton County Jail and has no bond at this time.

Other Crimes in Sandy Springs 

Just before midnight, last Tuesday, a patrol officer saw a pick-up truck parked under the Glenridge Connector Bridge on Ga. 400. He saw two men walking around the truck. When they saw the officer, the two became very nervous.

The officer noticed a large coil of black insulated copper wire laying the passenger side of the truck and more in the back. Neither man had ID on them. One of the men got up and ran from the location. The other man was secured before he could run. The first man was not located.

The two had stolen copper wiring from several streetlights. Cutting tools were found in the vehicle as well. The man in custody was charged with Interference with Public Utilities, Felony Theft, and Possession of Tools to Commit a Crime. The second man is still being sought.

Last, Thursday, cops were called to a parking lot at 968 Johnson Ferry Road, where they found a dog in a car. The windows were not cracked enough to circulate air. The officer noted the outside temperature was 86 degrees. Fire personnel were called and they got the car open. They estimated it was 20 degrees hotter inside. The owner showed and said they were in a doctor’s appointment for an hour. The owner was cited for Cruelty to Animals

A woman reported that as she entered the Emidio’s Restaurant on Roswell Road, a man grabbed her purse and ran off after pushing her to the ground. She suffered scratches on her elbow. The man fled on foot to a silver or grey sedan and left. The man was either white or Asian, stood six-feet tall and wore a baseball hat, possibly New York Yankees. The victim later reported her credit card had been used.


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