On Thursday, March 5, at 10:42 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to the alley behind the 1500 block of 10th Street after a report had been phoned in telling the police that a group of four people were building walls in the alley (utilizing discarded mattresses and some cardboard that they had taken from the city’s recycling container), thus blocking part of it to through traffic.
When the officers arrived at the scene they detained the four wall builders and after talking to them about their non-permitted construction project, one of these (trades) men admitted that he was carrying a knife.
During the subsequent consensual search of the men the officers located a double-edged fixed blade knife that had been concealed beneath his clothing.
This 21-year-old Santa Monica man of Santa Monica was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed dagger. His bail was set at $20,000.
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.