Santa Monica police arrested a plant-wielding homeless man on Aug. 23 after he threw a plant stem at his girlfriend during a verbal acumen.
Officers went to the area of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard at 11:50 p.m. after receiving a report of an assault.
Upon arrival the officers spoke with the victim (a woman who was also the person who had called the police) in order to get to the root of the problem.
This woman told them the man that she had been dating for the past two years had picked up a plant stem that had been growing in the ground and had hit her with it.
This attack with a piece of vegetation was the result of an escalated verbal argument.
The plant stem had impacted her shoulder causing slight redness.
The officers decided to arrest the plant-wielding boyfriend and he was charged with inflicting corporal injury upon a spouse, an assault with a deadly weapon and a probation violation. No bail was granted to this 32-year-old homeless man.
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.