Knife on the Promenade
Monday, June 30 at 9:00 p.m. – 2nd Street and Santa Monica Boulevard – A citizen flagged down a Third Street Promenade Community Service Officer (a civilian SMPD employee) and reported a man concealing a knife in his waistband. The Community Service Officer put out the suspect’s description on his hand-held radio, and Third Street Promenade bicycle officers (sworn SMPD officers) located the suspect, a transient, took him into custody, and recovered the fixed-blade knife. He was arrested for possession of a concealed weapon and violation of parole.
Different Kind of Tourist
Monday, June 30 at 11:10 p.m. – 700 block of 7th Street – Officers responded on a call of a transient setting up camp near a building. When they arrived at the location, they contacted the suspect lying on a cardboard box. The police performed an in-field computer check and discovered that the man had an outstanding arrest warrant for murder in Pima County, Arizona. He was taken into custody, and the Pima County sheriff was notified.
Another Deadly Weapon
Wednesday, July 2 at 2:30 a.m. – 2500 block of Lincoln Boulevard – Officers responded to a report of a fight, and while they were en route, the dispatcher provided a description of the suspect. Upon arrival, police detained the suspect and discovered that he had beaten a man – punched and kicked him many times – with whom he had shared a taxicab. The suspect, a Los Angeles resident, had then run up to an uninvolved pedestrian and attempted to rob him of his wallet when the police arrived. He was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon (his feet) and attempted robbery.
Bum Check at REI
Friday, July 4 at 1:05 p.m. – 400 block of Santa Monica Boulevard – Officers responded on a call of a suspect passing a counterfeit check at REI. When they arrived, an employee said that the man attempted to make a purchase with a check on a closed account. After interviewing the suspect, a Palmdale man, police arrested him for knowingly passing a fraudulent document and for commercial burglary.
Ogling on the Beach
Friday, July 4 at 2:00 p.m. – 1600 block of Ocean Front Walk – A 10-year-old boy and his father contacted L.A. County lifeguards and reported that a man had been standing near the beach restrooms staring at the boy; when the boy walked away, the man stuck out his arm as if to grab the boy. The lifeguards contacted police, and they detained the man, a transient, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for juvenile annoyance and public intoxication.