On Saturday, Feb. 5, at 1:05 p.m. officers were on patrol in the 100 block of Broadway when a victim flagged them down. The victim was pointing at a crowd of people. One of the people in this crowd was sitting atop another man.
The person underneath the first man turned out to be the suspect, and was bleeding profusely from his elbow. The officers spoke with the victim (the first man) and were told that the suspect had entered the business with some friends. As the suspect was sitting down, the suspect hit a glass with his elbow three times, then, on the fourth hit he had broken the glass.
The suspect had then fled the location. The victims (there were more than one) then followed the suspect and the suspect struck them all several times. The group then subdued the suspect, and that is how the victim ended up sitting on top of the bleeding suspect.
The suspect was placed under citizen’s arrest and charged with vandalism, public intoxication, and assault and battery. The bail for this 24-year-old man, of South Carolina, was set at $20,000.
Editor’s Note: This report is part of regular police coverage series entitled “Alert Police Blotter” (APB), which injects some minor editorial into certain police activities in Santa Monica. Not all of the Mirror’s coverage of incidents involving police are portrayed in this manner. More serious crimes and police-related activities are regularly reported without editorial in the pages the Santa Monica Mirror and its website, smmirror.com.