“Sticks and Stones” and a Pit Bull
Saturday, July 7 at 1:40 a.m. – 2800 block of Washington Avenue – A man and woman parked their car and began to walk from it when three men in another vehicle cruised alongside and made derogatory racial remarks, which led to an argument that became heated. The three men got out of the car and attacked the man and woman, hitting the man with fists and kicking him. One of the three men (Suspects) produced a knife and tried to stab the man, and another produced a pit bull from the car and had the dog attack the man, causing a puncture wound in his cheek. The Suspects got back in the car and drove away, with the dog. A witness came out from a residence, got the license plate and called the police. SMPD detectives found the three Suspects at the home of one of them in Pacific Palisades. They were arrested and booked for assault with a deadly weapon. The dog was left behind at the home.
Sunday, July 8 at 3:20 p.m. – Rite Aid at 1808 Wilshire Boulevard – A transient man was sitting in front of the store when he was approached by another transient man who said that the first man (the approachee) had to move because this was his (the approacher’s) spot to “hang out.” The approachee refused to move, whereupon the approacher threatened to kill him and, in the heated argument that followed, produced a pair of scissors and threatened to stab and kill the man. Store employees called the police, and responding officers arrested the man wielding the scissors for assault with a deadly weapon. Police recovered the scissors.
Monday, July 9 at 4:00 p.m. – Pacific Park on the Pier – A man paid for tickets to the amusement park with a $100 bill. A park employee used a detection device on the bill and determined that it was counterfeit; the park then contacted the Secret Service, which confirmed that the serial number on the bill was fictitious. Pacific Park then called Santa Monica police, who booked the phony bill into evidence. The investigation is ongoing.
Main Street Salon Scene
Sunday, July 8 at 3:25 p.m. – Peiro Hair Salon in 2400 block of Main Street – A man (Suspect) entered the salon and approached a male employee. Witnesses said the two men knew each other and had been parties to prior disturbances. On this day, the Suspect, without provocation at the scene, punched the employee in the face and spit on him. The employee retreated, and other employees detained the Suspect and called the police, who arrested the Suspect for assault and battery.