Do Not Resist Arrest
Monday, December 15 at 3:25 p.m. – 2100 block of Court 20 – Officers responded to a report of a Suspicious Person pacing back and forth in the alley. The officers contacted the fellow and attempted to conduct a pat-down search for weapons, but he physically resisted and had to be taken to the ground. While he was on the ground, officers discovered that he was illegally in possession of marijuana. When the police attempted to put him in the patrol car [when did prowl cars become patrol cars?], he began yelling – “trying to incite a riot among the assembled onlookers.” Once he was in the car, the officers took him to the hospital for “a laceration he had sustained during the struggle.” [Don’t you just love the way cops talk?] At the hospital, the fellow tried to escape by running out of the exam room. Police prevented the escape. The man, a Santa Monica resident, was booked for: possession of marijuana [not really a big deal], resisting arrest, incitement to riot (Penal Code section 404.6(a)), and attempting to escape custody [yep, a separate crime, PC 4532(a)(1), and it’s a felony]. Moral: Do not resist arrest.
Laptop Still Missing
Monday, December 15 at 6:35 p.m. – 1500 block of 11th Street – Officers responded to a report of theft, and the victim reported that his laptop computer had been stolen from his office. A witness said he saw a man “lurking” in the hallway of the office building trying office doors. [See?] Based on the witness’s description, the officers believed it was a transient gentleman who hangs out in the area. They located him two blocks away. Although he denied being near the office building, the witness positively identified him in a field show-up, and he was arrested and booked for burglary. Laptop still missing.
Big Brother Is Watching
Tuesday, December 16 at 10:05 p.m. – 2900 block of Wilshire Boulevard – Officers responded to a report of theft at Petco. The store manager had been alerted by the district manager to $1,260 of unauthorized cash register withdrawls over a 10-day period, whereupon the store manager reviewed security camera tapes (or hard drive) and identified the employee responsible for the theft, a Huntington Park man. He was arrested for grand theft and burglary . . . and on an outstanding warrant.
Sunday, December 21 at 8:35 p.m. – 200 “block” of The Pier – Officers responded to the Newcomb Lot on a report of vehicle burglary. The victim told them that as he walked to his car he saw a man sitting in it going through his glove compartment and another man standing outside the car as a lookout. The victim detained both men until the police arrived [!!], and both of them, El Monte residents, were arrested and booked for auto burglary and conspiracy.