On Monday, March 16, at 4:13 p.m., officers responded to a report of a man armed with a knife, who was challenging people to fight with him at the World Gas petroleum filling station located at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Michigan Avenue.
When they arrived at the scene they spoke with a victim, who told them that he had been pumping gas when the suspect approached him and asked him for some money. The victim told this man that he did not have any money. Upon receiving this apparently less-than-satisfactory response, the suspect walked to the back of the victim’s vehicle, and placed his hands upon the trunk of his vehicle. The victim asked the man not to do this, and the suspect responded to this request by removing a box cutter from his pocket and threatening to cut the victim. The victim in turn responded to this threat by leaving the location and calling the police.
The officers, after hearing this narrative from the victim, went in search of the suspect. They located this knife-wielding man a short distance away, and arrested the 36-year-old transient and charged him with making criminal threats. His bail was set at $50,000.
Editor’s Note: These reports are part of a 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