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I’m Not Me, I’m Him!

On Thursday, Dec. 16, at 7:35 a.m., officers witnessed a vehicle make a U-turn, mid-block, in the area of the 1400 block of Ocean Avenue (it is a California Vehicle Code violation to do this in a business district), and so conducted a traffic stop upon the vehicle.

The driver handed the officers a California driver’s license, but the photograph on the license did not match the driver, so the officer asked if that was his license. The man responded in the affirmative. The officer also noticed that this man was in possession of several other pieces of identification. The officer then asked to see another form of identification, and so this man offered the officer another drivers license; however this fresh one had a different name on it, but did have the correct photograph of the driver. The man told the officer that this second license was the one that had been issued to his brother. The officer pointed out that the photograph on this license perfectly matched the driver, at which time, perhaps realizing that obvious facts were getting in the way of his weaving of a web of deceit, the man confessed that he had attempted to mislead the officer because his license had been suspended.

The officers then arrested this 52-year-old man, of San Fernando, on charges of impersonating another to make another liable, driving on a suspended license, and vehicle code violation. His bail was set at $50,000.

Burrito And Beer

On Thursday, Dec. 16, at 11:54 p.m., officers were requested to go to the 7-11 store regarding a man who had entered the business and assaulted the clerk, and also taken some items without paying. Upon the officers’ arrival at the 7-11, the clerk told them that this man had entered the store, and removed a beer and a burrito from the cooler. The man had then attempted to purchase these items, but the clerk, observing that the man appeared to be drunk, had refused to sell them to him.

The clerk then removed the beer and the burrito from the counter. The man then went back to the cooler and removed another beer, but not a burrito this time (perhaps his appetite had waned after the initial rebuke by the clerk). The clerk met the man in the middle of the store, requested that he return the beer to the cooler, and told himthat he was no longer welcome in the store (how inconvenient).

The man was evidently disappointed with this news, and demonstrated this by hitting the clerk with his fist and then running out of the store. The officers discovered this 32-year-old transient nearby, and arrested on charges of robbery. His bail was set at $50,000.

Blade Runner

On Saturday, Dec.18, at 3:59 p.m. officers went to the 1900 block of Cloverfield Avenue in response to a report of a man brandishing a sword. When they arrived at the scene of the crime, the officers did not find anyone in the building courtyard, but did see a man exit an apartment. These sharp officers, suspecting that this chap might be the swordsman, detained him whilst they made their enquiries.

The officers then spoke with two victims, who stated that this man had come over to their apartment and asked for a cigarette. When they refused his request, the man slammed the screen door (that should get him his cigarette, or maybe not?). The victim then confronted this man, and asked that he refrain from slamming the screen door, at which point the man yelled obscenities, ran back to his apartment, and returned with the sword, with which he then threatened the victims.

The officers cut to the chase, looked in the suspect’s apartment, and discovered the sword in question. This 36-year-old man, of Santa Monica, was arrested on charges of exhibiting a weapon, public intoxication, and probation violation. His bail was set at $25,000.

No Room At The Inn

On Saturday, Dec.18, at 1:32 a.m., officers received a call to go to the Carmel Hotel, located in the 200 block of Broadway, regarding an intoxicated individual. Upon arrival, the officers were told by the clerk that a man had been disruptive and verbally assaulting people in the hotel.

The clerk had told this man that he was not welcome in the hotel. At this news the man had run upstairs to the rooms. The officers then began to go upstairs themselves, but were stopped in their tracks when someone shouted that the man was back in the lobby. The officers returned to the lobby whereupon they witnessed this man yelling at the clerk.

The officers approached the yelling man, who became confrontational. The officers tried to encourage the man to leave the hotel, but the man decided to take a swing at the officers, intending to hit them. The officers stayed the man’s attempts at this, restrained him, and thus this 21-year-old man was charged with assault on the officers, public intoxication, and obstruction of justice. He stayed that night at a less inviting lodge, with basic amenities, and utterly bereft of room service, known locally as The Santa Monica Jail. His bail was set at $10,000.

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