Hit and Run Driver Sought
Saturday, January 17 at 12:30 a.m. – 20th Street and Arizona Avenue – The Santa Monica Police Department needs your assistance in identifying and locating a vehicle involved in a felony hit and run traffic collision. A 33-year-old male bicyclist riding southbound on 20th Street was struck by an unknown vehicle. After striking the cyclist, the vehicle ran over both the bicycle and the rider’s body and then left the scene without rendering any assistance or notifying police. There is no description of the vehicle at this time; however, it may have front-end scratches or dents and possibly a cracked windshield. The bicyclist was in critical condition at a local hospital as of Monday, January 19.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Chris Dawson at 310.458.8954 or Sergeant Horn at 310.458.8950 or the on-duty Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310.458.8427.
Indecent on the Promenade
Friday, January 2 at 6:36 p.m. – 1300 block of Third Street Promenade – A Community Service Officer (CSO, the non-sworn SMPD employees in khaki uniforms) on routine bicycle patrol noticed a woman standing on the Promenade exposing various of her private parts to people eating in the food court area. Police officers responded to the CSO’s request for assistance and noticed the odor of alcoholic beverages emitting on her breath and from her person. The 47-year-old woman, who refused to furnish further I.D. information, was taken into custody and booked for public intoxication, for Municipal Code violations for public nudity and littering, and for violation of probation.
Prostitution on Euclid
Friday, January 9 at 6:20 p.m. – 1000 block of Euclid Street – SMPD vice officers conducted a prostitution sting operation and arrested a woman who ran an on-line ad offering sensual massage. She performed a massage and offered sexual favors to an undercover officer for $160. The woman, a Santa Monica resident, was arrested and later booked for prostitution, operating without a City business license, and operating a massage establishment without the special permit required by the City for such businesses (and for auctioneers, herb doctors, and pawnbrokers among many others).
Prowling on Euclid
Saturday, January 10 at 4:57 a.m. – 1100 block of Euclid Street – Officers responded to a report of a Prowler. An elderly woman was frantic because she saw an unknown man on her first-floor balcony; he had removed a screen and was banging on her balcony/patio door. Police detained the man and saw that he was drunk. The man, a Los Angeles resident, was arrested and later booked for public intoxication, vandalism, and prowling.