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Alert Police Blotter: The Other Woman.

Santa Monica Couple Charged With Domestic Violence After Heated Argument

Posted Jun. 20, 2013, 8:02 am

Tim Broughton / Mirror Contributor

A Santa Monica couple was arrested and charged with domestic violence on Saturday, June 8 after neighbors called police after they heard their heated argument begin to escalate.

At 6:29 am officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to the 2200 block of Oak Street in order to investigate a domestic disturbance.

Neighbors had reported that they had heard a couple engaged in a loud and heated argument.

When the officers arrived they too heard the yelling and then saw a man holding a blue metal broom handle and yelling at a woman who was yelling angrily back at him.

The officers ordered the man to drop the broom handle and lay down on the floor.

For safety purposes the officers then handcuffed this individual.

The officers then spoke with the woman.

She told them that the man was her boyfriend and she had recently discovered that he had been cheating on her, so she had arrived at his residence that morning and had wanted to enter in order to see if the other woman who was inside.

The boyfriend had refused her entry, and a physical altercation had ensued.

Both parties had sustained minor injuries as a result.

The officers could not determine who was the primary aggressor, so they arrested them both, and this 43-year-old woman, and 44-year-old man were charged with domestic violence.

No bail was reported as being posted.

Editor’s Note: These reports are part of a regular police coverage series entitled “Alert Police Blotter” (APB), which injects some minor editorial into certain police activities in Santa Monica. Not all of the Mirror’s coverage of incidents involving police are portrayed in this manner. More serious crimes and police-related activities are regularly reported without editorial in the pages of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website, smmirror.com.

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Jun. 20, 2013, 11:25:21 am

John Doe said...

Wow so you can't even defend yourself in your own home anymore without getting arrested. The Santa Monica Police Department doesn't seem to be very good at determining the facts of a situation beyond the fact that you're they're going to arrest anyone and everyone they can. This man sounds like an innocent victim of a jealous lover and an overzealous police force. He has every right to pick up a broom. He has every right to use it. It doesn't matter if they were dating, if it was wrong for him to cheat on her, or if it is egregious for a man to use a weapon when defending himself from a crazed woman. But you can take comfort in the fact that if someone enters your home uninvited and then refuses to leave, the City of Santa Monica will escort you to the safety of their police station in handcuffs. This guy should sue.

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