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The Runaways

On Thursday, Dec. 9, at 1:15 p.m., officers went to the 1600 block of Lincoln Boulevard to respond to a report of a man attacking a woman. When they arrived at the scene they were flagged down by witnesses, who informed them that both the man and the woman in question had fled, and had gone “that way.” The officers went “that way,” and observed the man and the woman running northbound on Lincoln Boulevard. The man was in front of the woman as they ran, suggesting that they were running to the same destination as a couple, unified, as one, and together.

The officers were able to stop the woman who told them what had happened. She said that they were both homeless, and that she was in a dating relationship with the man. She went on to explain that she had been trying to get away from the man, and had entered a nearby business in order to call her cousin to pick her up. The man had then entered the business, grabbed her by the arm, put her in a headlock, and dragged her from the premises.

When the police arrived the man had instructed her to run with him (let’s go jogging, darling). The woman, however, stated that she really wanted to get away from the physical abuse. (Perhaps running in the opposite direction would have helped?) Officers located the 21-year-old transient male suspect from Santa Monica a short distance away, where he was subsequently charged with domestic violence and kidnapping. His bail was set at $150,000,00.

The Streets Of Santa Monica

On Thursday, Dec. 9, at 12:15 a.m., officers observed a car traveling eastbound in the 2400 block of Pico Boulevard at a high rate of speed. Officers made a U-turn and began to follow the vehicle. As the vehicle approached 28th Street it made a sudden, wheel screeching turn and headed southbound on 28th Street and the officers began to attempt to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was pulling away from the officers, and then it made another sudden turn to head westbound on Pearl Street. The vehicle was reaching speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour on these residential streets.

The vehicle then made a turn to head southbound on 20th Street, and as officers were approaching Ocean Park Boulevard the vehicle stopped at the curbside and the driver exited and began running. The officers however were able to catch, and detain him, thus ending this non-televised car chase. This 19-year-old male, of Los Angeles, was arrested for evading a police officer and reckless driving. His bail was set at $7,5000.

Foot Loose, Not Fancy Free.

On Friday, Dec. 10, at 6:03 p.m., officers went to the Rite-Aid store located in the 1800 block of Wilshire in response to a theft suspect in custody there. The security personnel at Rite-Aid told the officers that they had seen this man walk up to a foot cream display, pick up some foot cream, and callously place the foot cream in his pocket, before walking out of the store without paying for the foot cream.

The security personnel then went toe to toe with this man outside the store, brought him to heel, and took him back into the store to await the arrival of the police. The police, after hearing the evidence of the security personnel, considered this man as a shoe-in candidate for jail, and so arrested this 41-year-old foot cream purloiner who was charged with petty theft. His bail was set at $1,000.

Redneck

On Friday, Dec. 10, at 3:34 p.m., officers responded to the 2000 block of Fourth Street in regard to a report of domestic violence. When the officers arrived at the location they were told by the woman that her ex-husband had struck her in the neck about ten times with an open hand. The officers looked, and saw redness on her neck. The officers went in search of this ex-husband, and found him, inside the residence in question. They arrested him, and slapped him into jail, with a charge of domestic violence. His bail was set at $50,000.

A Touchy Subject

On Saturday, Dec. 11, at 3:35 p.m., officers were called to the 1400 block of Berkeley Street to deal with trouble, the nature of which was unknown at the time of the call. When they arrived at the location the officers were able to discover a man and his girlfriend nearby, both of whom were at the center of the trouble in question. The man told the officers that his girlfriend had been partying the previous night, and had stayed at his residence, but in the morning, as she was about to leave, they had began arguing about her drug use. The girlfriend evidently did not take kindly to his concerns about said drug use, and responded by spitting at him, throwing water at him, hitting him in the face with her open hand, and finally hitting him in the face with her shoe. The officers questioned this 18-year-old homeless woman about these allegations, and she admitted that she had done all of those things. She was arrested for domestic violence, and her bail was set at $20,000.

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