Prowler on 21st Street
Saturday, August 30 at 5:25 a.m. – 800 block of 21st Street – Officers responded to a report of a man prowling; the reporting party had told police dispatch that she heard someone knocking on her apartment window. When the officers arrived, they saw a man leave an apartment in the building that they later found to be vacant. The transient man, who had no lawful right to be in the apartment or on the property, was arrested and booked for “prowling,” a form of “disorderly conduct” that consists of “loitering, prowling, or wandering upon the private property of another, at any time, peek[ing] in the door or window of any inhabited building or structure, without visible or lawful business with the owner or occupant” (Penal Code section 647(i)).
Another Empty Apartment
Saturday, August 30 at 1:00 a.m. – 1400 block of Ocean Avenue – Officers responded on a call of Suspicious Circumstances and spoke to the manager of an apartment building who said there was an apparently homeless woman inside the apartment of then out-of-town tenants. Police checked the apartment and found a woman lying on a bed. After contacting the tenants who confirmed that the woman was not supposed to be there, officers arrested the transient woman for burglary.
Knife on the Pier
Monday, September 1 (Labor Day) at 10:15 a.m. – 300 “block” of the Pier – Officers responded to a call of a man carrying a large knife. They detained a man as a possible suspect and spoke to a woman who said that the man had approached her in an aggressive manner with the knife in his hand. After she made a positive identification, police placed the man, a transient, under a citizen’s arrest and later booked him for exhibiting a deadly weapon and for violation of probation.
Alert: Police Bulletin
(That’s APB too.) The SMPD issued a Public Information Bulletin last Friday, September 5, alerting residents that on two occasions in August, a man had driven alongside girls walking on the sidewalk in the afternoon (in the 1500 block of 26th Street on August 1 and the 1300 block of 26th Street on August 20) and offered money for sex. The 13-year-old victim of August 1 described the vehicle as a newer model white pick-up truck with a white camper shell and a license plate ending in 02. The 12- and 13-year-old victims of August 20 described the vehicle as a newer model white four-door sport utility vehicle. The driver is described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, medium build, with short black spiked hair.