On Monday, March 7, at 2:22 p.m., officers responded to the Apple Store, located on Third Street Promenade, in response to a report of a stalking.
When they arrived they spoke with the victim who told them that a man had started stalking in August or September of 2010 by leaving notes asking her to go with him to the movies and to dinner. She said she had ignored his overtures. The stalker then began to talk to her as she walked along the Promenade, or when she entered her vehicle. These approaches began to concern the victim. Last November the stalker handed her a brochure from a Porsche dealership, and asked her to pick a Porsche that he would buy for her. He also offered to give her $2,500 cash (she still was not tempted).
Recently this man began to lurk in front of the Apple Store and stare at the victim, the officers were told. That was the last straw for this victim and it was then that she had called the police.
The officers located this 61-year-old homeless gentleman and arrested him, charging him for the stalking, and also for some outstanding warrants.
He did not have a Porsche, or the $2,500 at the time of the arrest, but he did have some written notes intended for the victim. His bail was set at $210,000.
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.