Bail was set at $20,000 for a 22-year-old homeless man on Thursday, Oct. 24 after he was seen physically assaulting his girlfriend.
Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department received a call on this day at 4:44 pm that informed them that a possible domestic battery was happening in the 1600 block of Ocean Front Walk.
The officers learned that a witness who had been driving by the location had seen a man hitting a woman several times until she fell to the ground whereupon the man had kicked the woman multiple times in the torso.
When the officers arrived they discovered the victim, who was reluctant to oblige them with any information, stating that the alleged assailant was simply “her boyfriend.”
As the officers were interviewing the woman the boyfriend, who had previously departed the scene, returned.
The witness then approached the officers and identified the suspect, stating that he had indeed been the person who had been seen committing the alleged assault.
The officers arrested this man and he was charged with domestic battery.
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.