On Friday, March 16, at 6:15 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to an apartment complex located in the 500 block of California Avenue in response to a report of a trespasser who was on the property.
When the officers arrived, they spoke with the manager of the complex who told them what had happened. Apparently, a woman, who used to be a tenant, had returned to the property, even though she had been evicted from the apartment in January 2012.
The officers discovered the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department had served legal notices on March 8, 2012 and notices warning against trespassing had been posted on the door, and the locks had been changed. On the date of this incident the suspect had returned to the property armed with a locksmith, a friend and an attorney.
By the time the officers had arrived at the location the locksmith had performed his duty, and the suspect, the friend and the attorney were all standing inside the apartment. The officers asked them all to leave the premises so they did.
The apartment owner was adamant that the suspect be arrested for violating the court order, and so the officers obliged, and this 43-year-old woman, of Santa Monica, was arrested and charged with trespass, and attempting to retake property after lawful removal. Her bail was set at $500.
The friend and attorney left the scene, and presumably went home to their own residences, or out to dinner, or something like that.
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.