Tool of His Trade
Saturday, July 14 at 6:00 p.m. – 1400 block of Third Street Promenade – Officers responded to a call regarding an assault involving a transient and a Promenade performer. Apparently, a transient gentleman attempted to take a wooden staff that was leaning against the performer’s cart of equipment. When the performer tried to prevent the theft/recover the staff, an altercation ensued, the performer got the staff back, and the other fellow left. Officers detained the man in the 200 block of Broadway, where he was identified by the performer. He was arrested for attempted robbery. (The physical nature of the confrontation elevated the charge from mere theft.)
Wednesday, July 18 at 3:30 a.m. – The Beach – A Los Angeles woman told police that she had been walking on the bike path in the 2800 “block” of the beach when she was approached by a man. They walked and talked together as far as the 1800 block, when he turned and hit her, took her into the sand on the beach and raped her. He then left her and walked away, but she followed after him attempting to recover the money and wallet he had stolen during the assault. In the 1800 block of Ocean Avenue, witnesses heard her yelling at him and called the police, who responded and obtained the story and a description from the woman. Officers located and detained the transient man at Third Street and Santa Monica Boulevard, where he was identified by the woman. He was arrested, taken to jail and booked for rape, robbery and kidnapping with intent to commit rape or robbery.
Armed (?) Robbery
Thursday, July 19 at 1:00 a.m. – Lincoln Boulevard and Raymond Avenue – Three men walking in the 2100 block of Lincoln Boulevard were approached by two men. One of these men, Hispanic, simulated placing his hand on a handgun in his waistband under his shirt, and the two men demanded money and property. Fearing that he had a gun, the three men gave over their valuables. The other assailant, black, grabbed one of the victims and emptied his pockets. The two suspects then left in a vehicle with the victims’ wallets, cell phones, cash and IDs. Vehicle: red or dark maroon, late 1990s Honda Accord or Civic with no license plates. (At least not at that time.)
Thursday, July 19 at 1:50 a.m. – Pico Boulevard and Cloverfield Boulevard – Officers performed a routine traffic stop on a vehicle with five occupants. One of the passengers had a switchblade knife in his pocket (4-inch blade) and brass knuckles in his area of the front seat. He was arrested and booked for possession of illegal deadly weapons. (Penal Code sections 653k [switchblade] and 12020(a) [metal knuckles], for legal scholars.)