On Thursday, March 8, at 9:06 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were on routine patrol in the 1700 block of Santa Monica Boulevard when a woman flagged them down and told them about an incident that the officers considered could possibly be classed as a domestic violence case.
The officers detained a man who was standing nearby, and then discovered that these two people had been in a “man and wife” relationship for several years.
The officers learned that both were homeless, both had individual restraining orders against each other, and they had become embroiled in a verbal argument where the man had subsequently hit the woman in the face causing a minor injury.
The officers decided, based upon the aforementioned discoveries, to arrest this man and he was taken off to jail and charged with domestic violence, violation of a restraining order, and a probation violation.
There was no information as to whether bail for this 50-year-old man was granted at the time of going to press.
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.