Tuesday June 24 at 7:15 p.m. – 1900 block of Lincoln Boulevard – Officers responded to a disturbance at El Pollo Loco restaurant and found two patrons arguing in the parking lot. One said he had been talking with his daughter while they were eating in the restaurant; the other said he had been annoyed by the volume of their conversation and told them several times to quiet down. During the restaurant confrontation, the annoyed patron called the daughter a name [this is a family newspaper] which made her cry. The father wanted the name-caller arrested. The officers accepted that as a citizen’s arrest and cited the name-caller, a Santa Monica resident, for juvenile annoyance.
Shoplifting Gone Bad
Thursday, June 26 at 8:10 p.m. – 2400 block of Pico Boulevard – Officers responded on a theft call, where Rite Aid store security had detained a man who, they said, had grabbed a food item in the store and began eating it. When he concealed an alcoholic beverage in his pants and left the store without paying, security confronted him, and a fight ensued as the security people attempted to detain him. The police took custody of the man, and when he was searched at the jail, police discovered drug paraphernalia on his person. He was booked for robbery, theft with a prior conviction, possession of drug paraphernalia, probation violation, and outstanding warrants.
Domestic on the Beach
Wednesday, June 25 at 9:33 a.m. – 2500 block of The Beach – Officers responded on an assault and battery call and spoke to a woman who said her fiancé had punched her in the head after an argument between them. He had fled the location before the officers arrived, but she gave the police his name and a physical description. Police located the man, a transient, at Main Street and Hollister Avenue, where he was arrested and booked on charges of domestic violence (Penal Code 273.5).
SMPD Explorers in Competition
Santa Monica Police Department Explorer Alexis Cornejo took second place among the females in the Obstacle Course competition at the Channel Islands Explorer Competition hosted by the Oxnard Police Department. The events were held over the June 21-22 weekend at locations in Oxnard, Camarillo, and Ventura. SMPD Explorers endured record-breaking heat throughout the weekend competition.
The competitors, 400 explorers representing 30 explorer posts from five states, participated in events which tested each team’s skills in 17 events involving simulated police calls and scenarios.
In team competition, the SMPD post took third place in the Bus Assault, Relay Race, and Hostage Rescue events. This year’s team consisted of 11 Explorers who ranged in age from 14 to19 years: Adam Prado (Captain), Steve Prado (Lieutenant), Dimitry Malkov (Sergeant), Marco Franco, Frank Cornejo, Alexis Cornejo, Jesus Torres, Christian Franco, Edgar Sernas, Erik Cuellar, and Alex Berry. The team was lead by advisors Lt. Darrell Lowe, Sgt. Greg Smiley, Officer Bobby Villegas, Detective HeeSeok Ahn, Officer Sean Stockwell and Crime Prevention Coordinator Suzie Kim.The Law Enforcement Explorer Post exposes youth with an interest in law enforcement to the various assignments in a law enforcement agency. The program emphasizes career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience.