On Friday, Feb. 24, at 1:28 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department received a radio call informing them that a domestic violence incident was in progress in the 1700 block of Centinela Avenue.
Upon arrival, the officers spoke with the victim who told them that she and her (ex?) boyfriend had been having an argument. At one point during this argument the boyfriend had thrown a large object from the bedroom at her, but had missed. The boyfriend then started to ransack the property and this inspired the woman to call 911.
While she was on the phone with the 911 operative, the boyfriend grabbed the phone from her and smashed it on the floor, causing it to cease functioning and disconnect. The boyfriend had, in the course of grabbing the phone, struck the woman and by doing so had caused a minor injury to her person.
The boyfriend had left the location just before the police had arrived, so the officers, after hearing the chain of events from the woman, went in search of the boyfriend. The officers found this man in the surrounding area and he was arrested.
The victim was provided with a protective order, while her boyfriend was provided with the following charges: Preventing a victim from calling the police, corporal injury to a spouse, criminal threats, assault with a deadly weapon, and damaging a wireless communication device. The bail for this 43-year-old Santa Monica resident was set at $100,000.
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.