An intoxicated 54-year-old Santa Monica man was arrested on Thursday, June 13 after causing a disturbance at a market and then pushing the manager.
At 2:14 pm officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were dispatched to the 1600 block of Cloverfield Boulevard in order to investigate a “disturbance.”
When they arrived they saw a man and a woman exiting through the front door of a market.
The woman, who was an employee of the store, yelled at the officers for help, whilst extending her arm and pointed her finger at a man in order to inform the officers that this person was the suspect.
The officers apprehended and detained the suspect and interviewed the store employee.
It transpired that the store employee was in a managerial position at the market, and she told the officers that when this man had entered the store it was apparent to her that he was drunk.
The man then knocked over a display of DVD’s.
The manager then asked him to leave, and he did, but only as far as the parking lot where he proceeded to push the store carts around randomly, possibly colliding with cars that were parked there.
The store manager approached this man for a second time and asked him to leave, but the man began to raise his arms exposing a cell phone in one hand.
The store manager raised her arms and hit the cell phone out of the man’s hand.
The man then picked the phone up and in doing so he quickly arose and pushed the store manager.
The store manager was able to step back and maintain her balance.
The manager wished to make a citizen’s arrest, and so the officers obliged, and after the required paperwork was completed the officers arrested this resident of Santa Monica and he was charged with assault and battery.
Bail was set at $20,000.
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.