Saturday, April 21 at 6:25 a.m. – 3000 block of Virginia Avenue – An off-duty Santa Monica police officer on his way home observed a man near the “Dorchester tunnel” under the Santa Monica Freeway who was behaving erratically – kicking and pushing on a pole, trying to break a light fixture, and such. The policeman identified himself as such, and the man, holding a knife in his hand, verbally threatened to come after the officer. He (the officer) then called the police department on his cell phone, and other responding officers arrived, arrested the man for assault and took him to jail. [No “deadly weapon” charge inasmuch as the man made a verbal threat but engaged in no threatening overt act, say police.]
Tuesday, April 24 at 5:40 p.m. – 1500 block of Palisades Park – A man was in the park with friends, near the cannon just north of the Pier, when another man (“Suspect”) approached and asked for cigarette papers. The first man said he had no more, and the Suspect then pulled a knife and threatened to kill the fellow if he did not give him cigarette papers. On of the friends departed on foot and flagged a park ranger who called the police. Responding officers detained the Suspect in the park. Although they found no knife, based upon the account of the victim and witnesses (as set forth above), they arrested the Suspect for attempted armed robbery.
Tuesday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m. – 1400 block of Pacific Coast Highway – Police were called with a report that a suspicious person had broken into a residential unit. Responding officers and witnesses later saw the man leave the unit by the front door empty-handed. When questioned by officers, the man told confusing and conflicting stories that he had permission from x, y and z to be in the unit, but the names were unknown to neighbors. When the owner was contacted, he disavowed any knowledge of the fellow, who was then arrested for burglary. [Penal Code section 459 provides, “Every person who enters any house, room, apartment, tenement, shop, warehouse, store, mill, barn, stable, outhouse or other building, tent, vessel…with intent to commit grand or petit larceny or any felony is guilty of burglary” whether he/she takes anything or not.]
Monday, April 23 at 7:30 a.m. – 900 block of Pico Boulevard – A female voice on the telephone told CLARE Foundation that she had placed a bomb on its premises. Police were summoned. A search by responding officers and CLARE personnel determined that there was no bomb.