On Sunday, March 3, at 8:17 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to the Coffee Bean, located at 2901 Main Street in order to discover why a man had passed out in front of the location.
When the officers arrived, they saw that members of the Santa Monica Fire Department were already there, presumably to discover the same thing. The members of the Fire Department, or paramedics, if you will, were evaluating the medical condition of this man when he began to yell at them, informing them that unless they stopped shining a light into his face he would hurt them.
The paramedics suggested to this man that it would be better if he calmed down and let them attend to him in the proper manner, but this was apparently the last straw for this chap and he arose from his previously horizontal position and began to swirl his clenched fists at one of the paramedics.
The officers from the SMPD attempted to calm the man down, only to receive the same clenched fist treatment themselves.
One of the officers took the man down and returned him to the horizontal position that had started the whole episode in the first place. The Fire Department personnel assisted in holding the man down until he could be handcuffed.
This 46-year-old homeless man was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer/firefighter, and a violation of probation. His bail was set at $20,000. It was not reported that this man had been drinking, but your guess is as good as mine.
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.