On Thursday, Jan. 5, at 10:57 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to the 1800 block of Ninth Street after they had received a report of a disturbance inside a residence.
When the officers arrived, they heard screaming and the sound of objects being thrown around inside.
The officers were able to speak with the female victim who had escaped and told them her boyfriend was drunk and had become violent. The officers noticed she was bleeding from her chin.
They also learned from the woman that she had been in a relationship with the man for many years and they had produced two offspring together. The woman continued to explain that earlier that evening her boyfriend had been upset because he had not been able to find a job – and that’s when he decided to display his anguish by drinking and smashing things inside the home.
At one point he smashed a glass jar on the floor and a shard of glass had struck the girlfriend on the chin, which caused the cut. The woman was eventually treated at the scene for her injury.
The officers made attempts to speak with the boyfriend, but he didn’t seem too enamored by the idea of chatting to them, so he fled out of the back door and into the alley. The officers followed him and he continued to be uncooperative. He was eventually restrained but he became very violent so they tased him and took him into custody.
The man was checked out at a local medical facility to make sure that he hadn’t suffered any injury from the taser experience. He was then cleared for booking. This Santa Monica resident, aged 39, was charged with corporal injury upon a spouse, resisting police officers, and public intoxication. 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 of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website, smmirror.com.