A 33-year-old man was arrested Monday, Dec. 24 for threatening to injure a man near the Santa Monica Pier entrance for not handing over a jacket the man was wearing at the time.
At 2:24 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department who were part of the Third Street Promenade Bicycle Unit went to the 100 block of Colorado Avenue in order to investigate a report of an attempted strong-arm robbery that had just occurred.
When the officers arrived they spoke with the victim who gave them a description of the suspect.
The officers went in search of the said suspect, found him, and detained him just one block away on Colorado Avenue.
The victim told the officers he was an employee at a store located in the Santa Monica Place Mall and he had been walking westbound when the suspect had approached him from behind and had made a number of requests that he hand over the jacket that he was wearing at the time.
The victim ignored the requests and as a result the suspect informed him that if he refused to hand over the aforementioned item of clothing he would cause him physical damage. At that point the victim ran off and called the police.
The victim identified the suspect and this homeless man was arrested and charged with attempted robbery. Bail was set at $50,000.
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.