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Alert: Police Blotter: Santa Monica:

Arrest in Attempted Homicide

On Friday, June 6, Santa Monica police arrested a suspect in the April 28 home invasion and attempted homicide of a woman in the 1200 block of 12th Street [Santa Monica Mirror, May 1-7, 2008]. At 11:45 that night, officers responded to an apartment complex; the female victim was home alone when she was awakened by a male suspect armed with a knife attacking her. The victim fought the assailant and was stabbed several times during the ensuing struggle. She was immediately transported to an area hospital, where her injuries were treated. The suspect fled the location on foot.

Detectives and Forensic Specialists from the Santa Monica Police Department processed the crime scene and located DNA evidence. That evidence was processed through the State’s DNA database and a possible suspect was identified. Investigators located that suspect and arrested him on June 6. He is identified as Michael Thomas Gargiulo, 32 years old, currently a Santa Monica resident, now being held on bail in the amount of $1,100,000. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office is expected to arraign Mr. Gargiulo on the charges of attempted willful, deliberate, and premeditated murder and burglary. Detectives believe the suspect entered the victim’s residence through a partially opened window, and Santa Monica police remind residents not to leave their windows and doors open during the upcoming warm summer months, as predators are looking for simple opportunities to commit crimes.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about Mr. Gargiulo or this crime is encouraged to contact the Santa Monica Police Department Detectives at 310.458.8451 or the Watch Commander at 310.458.8427 (24 hours). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip hotline at 800.78.crime (27463).

Casa Escobar

In this space, an assault with a deadly weapon incident was recently reported as having occurred in the parking lot of the Casa Escobar restaurant in the 2500 block of Wilshire Boulevard [Santa Monica Mirror, May 15-21, 2008]. The reference to that restaurant was only a means of identifying the southeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and 25th Street with a popular landmark. The incident did not involve patrons of that restaurant; indeed, the restaurant had closed for the night at the time of the incident.

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