Bail was set at $100,000 on Thursday, Feb. 14 for a 68-year-old homeless man after he attacked a person outside Santa Monica Main Library using a large stick with a ball and chain attached to it.
At 11:27 am officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to the Main Public Library, located at the 600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, in order to investigate a report of a fight that was happening outside the library building.
When the officers arrived they spoke with the two individuals involved in the fight.
The officers gathered from the conversations with these two people that the fight was as a result of a dispute over the positioning of each person’s property that was located just outside the south facing windows of the library.
During the conflict the suspect in this case had picked up his weapon, namely a very large stick that had a ball and chain attached to one end.
The suspect then proceeded to swing athis weapon at the other party partially striking him in the head.
The victim had managed to wrestle the suspect down to the ground, but after this had happened the suspect had bitten the victim’s finger, causing a very serious injury.
The officers arrested this homeless man and he was booked for assault with a deadly weapon and mayhem.
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.