Saturday, November 8 at 9:19 a.m. – 1400 block of Third Street Promenade – Officers responded to a report of Assault with a Deadly Weapon at the AMC Theaters, where witnesses told them that while an employee was changing the marquee, a man pushed him off the ladder he was using and began stabbing him with chopsticks. Chopsticks. The witnesses intervened and held the attacker down until police arrived. The man, a transient, was arrested and booked for assault with a deadly weapon. The fire department responded and rendered medical treatment for the employee’s non-life-threatening injuries. [There are 90,000 stories in The Bay City, and this has been one of them.]
Awareness and Diligence
Tuesday, November 11, at 2:27 p.m. – 2800 block of Arizona Avenue –A neighbor saw a man and woman look into an adjacent apartment window, and then try to open the front door; the man then removed a window screen and was later seen walking away with a television. Realizing the actions of the man and woman were suspicious, the neighbor called the police.
Officers responded to the area, and after a short foot pursuit, both suspects were caught and detained. The stolen television and a laptop computer, which were taken in the burglary, were recovered and returned to the victim.
“Because of the neighbor’s awareness and diligence, coupled with quick police response, the suspected burglars were arrested before they could get away with the victim’s property,” said SMPD spokesman Sgt. Renaldi Thruston. “These suspects are believed to be responsible for as many as nine burglaries in Santa Monica, including one earlier in the day and one in the 1700 block of California Avenue, which occurred [the prior] week,” Thruston added.
The suspects have been identified as Jovani Manuel Morales and Joselyn Keny Galdamez, both of Los Angeles.
This Week, It’s Shutters on the Beach
Tuesday, November 11 at 9:53 p.m. – 00 block of Pico Boulevard – Officers responded to a report of a hotel guest at Shutters on the Beach refusing to leave. [Last week, it was Casa del Mar – what is it going with the Edward Thomas properties down there?] The security staff told police that the guest was asked to check out because she had been a disruption to the hotel. Apparently, she had been rearranging the furniture in her room and even moving furniture out into the hallway. The woman, a Santa Monica resident, was placed under citizen’s arrest and booked for trespass. [Now why would a Santa Monica resident check into Shutters? Of course, why would she move furniture out . . . Nevermind.]