In Plain Sight
Monday, June 18 at 9:35 a.m. – 1000 block of Colorado Avenue – Officers on routine patrol saw a man on the street in possession of an open container of alcoholic beverage and stopped him to issue a citation. In response to their questions, he said he had no ID on him, and the officers asked if they could look through his backpack to see if they could find some identification. He said OK, and when the police went through the backpack they found nine pirated DVDs (identified by the wrappings and the poorly copied printed material). This fellow was on felony probation for the same offense [and so he should have known better]. He was arrested for violation of Penal Code section 350 (“ … willfully manufactures, intentionally sells, or knowingly possesses for sale any counterfeit of a mark …”) and section 653w (“failure to disclose the origin of a recording or audiovisual work if, for commercial advantage or private financial gain, …, the cover, box, jacket, or label of which does not clearly and conspicuously disclose the actual true name and address of the manufacturer thereof …”)
In the Alley
Wednesday, June 20 at 4:10 p.m. – 1600 block of Alley 19, near 19th Street and Colorado Avenue – Several transient gentlemen were passing the time in the alley when one (“Suspect”) turned to another (“Victim”) and told him that he had to “turn off his cigarette.” When the Victim asked why, the Suspect punched him in the face causing a bloody nose. When the Victim fell to the ground, he scraped the side of his head on the pavement, and the Suspect then continued to punch the Victim and kicked him several times in the head. The other gentlemen in the alley stopped the attack and summoned police, who arrested the Suspect for assault with a deadly weapon – his feet and shoes, under the circumstances. (The Suspect also had a knife, which he had gotten out, but the attack was broken up before he used it.)
On the Bike Path
Thursday, June 21 at 12:15 p.m. – 1700 block of The Beach (south of The Pier) – A husband and wife were riding on the bike path with their elementary school-age daughter. After the daughter tried to avoid a woman walking across the path, she (the woman) became upset and pushed the girl off her bike. The mother told the woman to refrain from touching her daughter, whereupon the woman pulled a steak knife from her purse and raised it over her head in a threatening manner. The family moved away from the woman, and she retreated into a nearby women’s bathroom. The parents called the police, who arrested the woman in the Ladies room and recovered the knife.