On Saturday, Dec. 17, at 9:07 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to the 1400 block of Palisades Park to investigate an assault that had just occurred at the Senior Center. When they arrived, the victim told the officers he had been working at a private event at the center when an apparent homeless man (not a senior) had entered the building and started to take food items for his own consumption.
The victim had then asked the man to leave the premises, which is when the man kicked and then threw an apple at the victim. The apple struck the victim’s chest. The final affront had been committed when the homeless man spat into the victim’s face prior to walking away. Officers went in search of the man and discovered him wandering around Second Street and Santa Monica Boulevard. The victim positively identified the man and the 53-year-old was arrested and charged with battery on a person, as well as an outstanding warrant. Bail was set at $20,250.
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.