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Alert Police Blotter: Santa Monica

Where’s the Bag?

Thursday, March 15 at 8:25 p.m. – Santa Monica Ford at 1230 Santa Monica Boulevard – The regular evening cleaning crew was doing its work with the dealership doors open so the crew could come and go to its van, supplies and such. Crew members saw a stranger inside the premises with a trash bag containing unknown items. He ran. Crew members chased him several blocks. Police officers on patrol saw the chase in progress and detained the individual at 10th Street and Arizona Avenue. The cleaning crew identified the detained man as the stranger inside the Ford dealership with the bag, but the bag could not be located. The man was arrested for robbery. [But who is holding the bag?]

Don’t Leave Home with It

Friday, March 16 at 11:40 a.m. – Pico Boulevard at Lincoln Boulevard – A woman getting off a Big Blue Bus told the driver that there was a passenger aboard who had a switchblade knife he was waiving about. Police were notified and they arrived as the bus approached Pico and 17th Street. The bus pulled over and the passengers were cleared from the bus. One admitted that he was carrying a switchblade knife in his pocket, and he was arrested for violation of Penal Code section 653k: “Every person who possesses in the passenger’s or driver’s area of any motor vehicle in any public place or place open to the public, carries upon his or her person…a switchblade knife having a blade two or more inches in length is guilty of a misdemeanor.”

Another Deadly Weapon

Wednesday, March 14 at 9:15 a.m. – 1300 block of Stanford Street – A man (“Brother”) went to his sister’s house and had an argument with her. When the Brother left, he got in an argument with the sister’s neighbor, and the argument escalated into a fight. The sister had already called police when her Brother showed up, inasmuch as he was prone to violent behavior, she said. Officers responded to that call, and as they were leaving the sister’s house, the neighbor ran over, told the officers he had been assaulted by Brother and that Brother had thrown a chair at him and (the chair) hit him in the head. Police arrested Brother for assault with a deadly weapon (the chair). The neighbor was treated at the scene by paramedics for complaints of pain in the head and ribcage area. The Brother was treated at the scene for complaints that his back hurt.

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