A 38-year-old man was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 21 after attacking Santa Monica Police Department officers who wanted to talk to him about reports of him challenging someone on the street to fight.
At 9:01 a.m. police officers went to the 1000 block of Third Street after they had received a report of a man challenging another man to participate in a fight.
When the officers arrived they saw the male suspect walking in the 200 block of Washington Street.
This man saw the officers and immediately charged towards them with a clenched fist signifying to them he was about to strike them (he still wanted a fight, it seemed).
The officers immediately utilized their superior police training and took him down to the ground.
The suspect was then placed under arrest, but as the officers were situating him in the rear seat of the police vehicle, he kicked at the inside of the patrol car door many times, causing damage to the molding and the locking mechanism.
The man then smashed his own head against the plexi-glass and metal divider inside the vehicle, resulting in a cut to his head.
The officers decided this man was very intoxicated, so they took the precaution of driving him to a local hospital to be attended to by medical staff.
The man appeared to also dislike the hospital staff because he was uncooperative with them as well. Eventually he was treated at the medical facility and the officers took him off to jail.
This man gave many different names to both the police and hospital staff during the course of this incident, however the officers were able to identify him by name, and also that he was aged 38, although he refused to tell the officers where he lived.
This man was charged with providing false information, resisting officers, vandalism, and public intoxication. Bail was set at $10,000.
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.