Saturday, October 11 at 10:50 a.m. – 1100 block of 4th Street – A Santa Monica Police Traffic Service Officer (TSO) saw a white SUV that appeared to have a rifle inside. Officers responded to assist the TSO, who was standing with the owner of said SUV. After investigation, officers determined that the rifle was actually an Airsoft replica of an M249 machine gun [some would say, a toy gun], but it did not have the required orange tip and so was in violation of Penal Code section 12553(a)(1): “Any person who changes, alters, removes, or obliterates any coloration or markings that are required by any applicable state or federal law or regulation, for any imitation firearm … in any way that makes the imitation firearm or device look more like a firearm is guilty of a misdemeanor.” [Did you know that? I didn’t know that.] The man, a Los Angeles resident, was cited and released at the scene, but the “weapon” was confiscated.
She Was Going Anyway
Tuesday, October 14 at 1:35 p.m. – 2700 block of Pico Boulevard – Officers responded to the report of an Assault and spoke to a woman who said she was in the Suspect’s apartment when he started to get drunk. She attempted to leave quietly, but he assaulted her by physically throwing her out of his apartment and kicking her in the face. Police took the Suspect, a Santa Monica resident, into custody at his apartment, and he was later booked for assault with a deadly weapon and violation of probation … and on an outstanding warrant.
Grand Theft by Refund
Monday, October 13 at 1:08 p.m. – 1300 block of Third Street Promenade – Officers responded on a report of Grand Theft and spoke to a loss prevention agent (LPA) at the Sunglass Hut, who was detaining an employee suspected of stealing $886 cash by falsely authorizing store refunds. After the LPA had interviewed the employee, he had placed him under arrest for grand theft. The SMPD accepted custody of the employee, a Los Angeles man, and he was later booked for grand theft … and on an outstanding warrant.
Tuesday, October 14 at 6:40 a.m. – 1100 block of California Avenue – Officers responded on a call of a Man Bleeding and located the man, bleeding from his face, who said that he had been walking in the area of Lincoln Middle School when he was approached by a knife-brandishing man. The knife-wielder struck the victim several times with his hands, took approximately $30 from the man, and fled. The suspect is described as Black, 30 to 35 years old, six feet, 200 pounds, short black curly hair, dark complexion, with a full beard, wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt.