On Wednesday, March 9, at 7:07 p.m., officers were called to the 200 block of Ashland Avenue in response to a report of an assault. Upon arrival the witness said she was inside her domicile when she heard noises outside. She looked through a window and saw a man rummaging through a recycle bin. She then went outside and asked this man if he would like some bottles. The man responded by asking this witness if it would be all right to throw one of the bottles through the window of her neighbors’ house.
The witness replied that it would not be ok to do this. The witness then went back into her residence. She then heard some more noises outside and again looked out of her window, only to see the man throw a bottle through her neighbors window (it seems he wasn’t kidding).
After hearing this story the officers went looking for this 44-year-old homeless man, and found him a short distance away. He was charged with vandalism. His bail 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.