Thursday, December 27, at 5:00 p.m. – Stewart Street and Kansas Avenue – Officers responded to reports of Shots Fired, and observed a group of seven people running from the area and eventually into a local fast-food restaurant in the 2800 block of Pico Boulevard. The group then entered a parked vehicle in the parking lot, where officers detained the group to investigate their possible involvement. Some members of the group were ultimately identified as Santa Monica gang members. Evidence was recovered at the scene that confirmed there had been a recent shooting in the area of Stewart and Kansas. There were no reported injuries, and no arrests were made.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Santa Monica Police Department at 310.458.8427 (24 hours) or Detectives at 310.458.8451 (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.). Anyone desiring to remain anonymous may call the WeTip hotline at 800.78.Crime.
Check His Socks
Wednesday, December 26 at 12:30 p.m. – Vons parking lot at 710 Broadway – Officers on patrol approached a man drinking in public and asked for identification. He produced a “nongovernmental ID card from the State of New York” [that’s what the report says], a birth certificate, and a Social Security card. Noting spelling errors on the certificate and apparent forgery on the ID card, officers took the fellow to jail, where they found hidden in his socks an Ohio drivers’ license and ID card and a Social Security card, all showing a different name. Officers “ran his prints” and found that he was a wanted parolee from Minnesota. (The Ohio IDs had the right name.) He was arrested on the parole warrant and for carrying false ID papers.
Tuesday, December 25 at 4:30 p.m. – 1500 block of 2nd Street – Officers responded to calls describing a man yelling and screaming at passersby, challenging one and all (including women and children) to fight him. The officers observed that the man was under the influence of alcohol, and they arrested him for public intoxication.
Happy New Year
Monday, December 31 at 7:30 p.m. – Parking Structure No. 3 at 1320 4th Street – A witness walking past the structure saw a man walking by cars in the structure, trying door handles until he found one that opened. He got into that car and emerged moments later with several items that he put in a bag he had with him [“for just such a purpose,” as they say]. He then fled the area. The witness called police and described the man, and he was detained shortly thereafter by responding officers. The witness identified the man in a field show-up. The owner of the car arrived about this time and reported that her purse had been stolen from her car; she described the items in her purse, which were found in the man’s pockets. He was arrested for auto burglary and probation violation.