On Thursday, July 28, at 6:09 p.m., officers received a radio call informing them that a domestic violence incident was in progress next to the Jack in the Box fast-food restaurant located at 2025 Lincoln Boulevard (two blocks south of Pico Boulevard). When the officers arrived they spoke with the victim, who was seated in her vehicle that was parked in the 800 block of Grant Street. The victim told the officers what had happened between herself and her husband who was presumed to be the suspect in this case.
Apparently, the husband had been out drinking alcoholic beverages (oftentimes a precursor to incidents such as this), and afterwards they had both gone to a local restaurant for a (quiet?) dinner. This restaurant did not have a particular dish that her husband wanted (as the menus at these establishments are so unpredictable), and this perceived failing on the part of the restaurant had ignited an argument between the husband and his wife. The husband then demanded that he drive the vehicle, but his wife refused, citing his inebriated state as a good enough reason. In response to this evidently accurate observation by the wife, the husband decided that he should choke her, strike her repeatedly about the head and face, and inform her that he was going to terminate her life, evidently shouting, “I’m going to kill you,” very loudly.
The wife managed to eventually break free (suffering only minor injuries), and the husband, realizing that the police had been called, ran away. The officers went in search of the husband, and located him in the 2300 block of 10th Street, whereupon they arrested him. This 53-year-old resident of Los Angeles was charged with attempted murder, corporal injury to a spouse, criminal threats, damage to a cellular device, and a probation violation. Bail was not granted at the time. One assumes that he will be none too satisfied with the gastronomic offerings at the jail.
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 of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website, smmirror.com