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A Relationship

On Friday, July 17, at 11:45 a.m., officers on patrol in Santa Monica received a call from their headquarters that informed them that a domestic violence altercation had occurred in the 2000 block of Cloverfield Boulevard. The officers wasted no time in springing into action and hurried along to the stated location, in order to deal with this law-breaking event.

Upon arrival at the location in question, the officers spoke with the victim, and she told them that she had been involved in a relationship with the suspect, a man. One of the words that she had used in describing this relationship was “abusive” (after checking with a couples counselor acquaintance of mine, it was confirmed that the utilization of this word in the context of “relationship” strongly suggests that one may wish to decide whether the relationship is worth investing any more time in). The officers also learned that during the confrontation the woman had attempted to leave, but had been physically prevented from doing so by the suspect. The suspect had also made references to previous altercations, one of which had resulted in the breaking of two of the victim’s ribs, and had taken place just two months prior.

The officers deduced from the evidence available, and statements by the victim, that the suspect, aged 33, of Santa Monica, was most certainly a person who would fit well into the category of “accused,” in this instance, and so arrested the guy for domestic violence, kidnapping, and false imprisonment. His bail is $100,000.

Upon Return

On Saturday, July 17, at 2:20 p.m., officers heard about a hit-and-run incident at tower 24 on Santa Monica Beach, and so hit the gas for the quick run over to the location in question in order to investigate. Upon arrival, the officers spoke with the victim, and she presented them with a version of events that, along with some other imponderables, would eventually result in the arrest of a 21-year-old man, from Montebello.

What she had told these cops was that she had been driving her vehicle when the suspect had rear-ended her. They both then did what many thousands of people do under those circumstances every month, namely, pull over, and exchange insurance, and other related pieces of information. One small detail however, the other guy took off, and the victim watched as he drove into the parking lot and proceeded to walk away.

As the cops were listening attentively to this story the suspect walked up to his vehicle, and so the police wasted no time in arresting him for hit-and-run, driving without a license, no proof of insurance, and an immigration hold. He was not eligible for bail.

Loose Money

On Saturday, July 17, at 6:57 p.m., officers went to the Sears Department Store, located on the 300 block of Colorado Avenue, in response to a request to attend because a theft suspect was in custody there. When they arrived, they were taken to the loss prevention agent (or LPA) where this alleged thief was in custody.

What the Sears LPA explained was that the suspect had entered the store, and proceeded to walk to the men’s clothing and accessories department, whereupon he picked up a wallet with a value of $26.00, placed it in a pants pocket, and exited the store without paying for the wallet (perhaps he had the $26.00, but thought that had he bought the wallet would have no money to put in it, but really wanted somewhere to put his money, or perhaps he… oh never mind). The result (thus far) of this whole endeavor of the purse purloiner, was that he (a 24-year-old of Los Angeles) was arrested in a citizen fashion for petty theft. His bail: $1,000.

What’s In A Name?

On Sunday, July 18, at 9:08 a.m., patrolling officers, who, at the aforementioned date and time, were in the area of Cloverfield and Pico Boulevards when they observed a vehicle that fitted the description of a vehicle that had possibly been used in an earlier theft of some computers. The patrolling cops luckily also noticed the driver of this suspect vehicle commit a traffic violation, which thus gave them cause to stop said conveyance, so they did.

The cops went through the standard procedure of obtaining information from the driver, and then checking via their police computer and communication systems to find out if this information was correct, or any other information that they may want. On this occasion however, there was a problem, namely that the name that the driver had given did not correspond with the one that this guy had presumably lived with for the 33 years of his life until then. The cops, understandably being disturbed by this lie, arrested this man for driving without a license. His bail was $50,000.

Doppleganger?

On Sunday, July 18, at 10:20 p.m., officers went to the 2600 block of Main Street in order to deal with a drunken man. When the cops arrived, they were flagged down by an employee of The Enterprise Fish Company because he wanted assistance with a man who had entered the restaurant and had began shouting various things, at various people.

The officers entered The Enterprise and observed a man standing in the middle of the restaurant who bore a striking resemblance to the original report of the man standing in the street (hmmm). The cops noticed that the man in the fish restaurant also appeared, like the man in the radio call, to be extremely drunk (again, like the guy in the report!), so the officers arrested this 63-year-old guy for public intoxication. His bail is $1,000.

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