A registered sex offender and parolee at large was arrested today after he allegedly exposed himself to a group of adults and children, Santa Rosa police said today. James Edward Canada, a 49-year-old transient, was arrested today on suspicion of parole violation and indecent exposure, according to Sgt. Lisa Banayat.
He is suspected of approaching a group of adults and children on the 600 block of Polk Street around 11:30 a.m., pulling his pants down and masturbating in front of them, Banayat said. A witness followed him, saw him attempting to hide in a rear yard on the 100 block of Boyce Street and provided police with a detailed description. Canada was located following a search with police dogs in the back yard of a house on the 100 block of West Eighth Street, Banayat said.