Mary Hotchkiss Park
Saturday, April 28 at 8:10 p.m. – 2300 block of 4th Street – Two transient men in Mary Hotchkiss Park who were acquainted got into a heated argument. (By all accounts, including their own, they frequently argued.) They chased each other around the park until one of them (Suspect) grabbed the other (Victim) and they fell to the ground. The Victim had a folding knife in his pocket; it fell out, and the Suspect picked it up, opened it and stabbed the Victim in the back. Witnesses called the police, and responding officers found the Suspect at the scene when they arrived. The Victim was taken to a local hospital, where he got five stitches for a two-inch laceration. The knife was recovered. The Suspect was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.
Not a Good Idea
Saturday, May 5 at 11:55 p.m. – 400 block of 21st Street – Officers responded to a large party at a residence attended by several teenagers and young adults. At the request of the property owner/host, police disbursed the crowd. One 22-year-old fellow was observed writing graffiti on the officers’ car. He was detained. He had markers in his pocket that matched the color of the markings on the car. He also had prescription pills – Vicodin – that “belonged to his brother.” He was arrested for malicious mischief and for having prescription drugs that were not prescribed to him.
Sunday, May 6 at 10:55 p.m. – 1700 block of Lincoln Boulevard – Officers on patrol observed a vehicle stopped with two of the occupants fighting inside the car and beginning to spill out of it. The officers called for back-up. Apparently, the group of friends had gone to the Jack-in-the-Box drive-through in the 2000 block of Lincoln, and a dispute developed when one friend would not loan money to another friend in connection with the purchase. The argument had become heated by the time the car pulled over in the 1700 block, and one fellow tried to stab the other with a three-inch folding knife (but failed in the attempt). Back-up having arrived, police arrested the attemptor for assault with a deadly weapon.
Rocket Science, It Ain’t
Tuesday, May 8 at 2:55 a.m. – Bank of America at 1430 Wilshire Boulevard – It is alleged: An employee of a security company under contract with the bank gained access to where the ATM money is kept and helped himself to about $6,000 in currency, all of which was recorded on videotape. The next morning (or later that morning, to be precise), the bank noted the shortage, reviewed the videotape and called the police, who proceeded to arrest the security employee for commercial burglary. The investigation, as they say, is ongoing.