A 50-year-old Santa Monica woman was arrested on Tuesday, Aug. 13 after threatening a man with a hammer after he had asked her to move her vehicle that was blocking access inside a parking structure.
At 2:40 pm officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to the 1200 block of 14th Street in order to investigate the report of a woman who was allegedly attacking a man with a hammer.
While the officers were en route to the location they were informed, via radio, that another responding unit had apprehended and detained a woman who matched the description of the alleged suspect.
When the officers arrived they spoke with the male victim who told them what had allegedly happened.
He alleged that while he was attempting to locate a parking space in Parking Lot Number 12, located near 14th Street and Wilshire Boulevard, he came across a woman whose vehicle was prohibiting his forward motion through the parking structure.
He told the officers that he had requested that the woman move her vehicle over so that he could pass by and she had responded by cursing at him. She then, he claimed, exited her vehicle and began to walk towards him in an aggressive manner.
He said that she carried a hammer in one hand and a set of keys in the other.
He added that he had also exited his vehicle and when the woman was within two to three feet of him she began to wave the hammer at him and then suddenly struck him in the face with the keys that she clenched in her hand.
The man then said he hastily returned to his vehicle and summoned the assistance of the police by way of his cellular telephone.
Officers who had detained the alleged suspect saw a hammer on the floor in the front of her vehicle and also a set of keys hanging from the ignition.
The victim positively identified the keys and the hammer, and the officers arrested this Santa Monica resident and charged her with assault with a deadly weapon.
Her bail was set at $30,000.
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.