Santa Monica police arrested a 20-year-old local resident on Saturday, July 19 after attacking a person on the Third Street Promenade for no apparent reason.
Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department received a radio call at 1:45 am on this day informing them that there had been a fight in the area of Third Street Promenade and Broadway Avenue, so they went there to investigate.
The officers learned from the radio call that the suspect had approached the victim and punched him several times before running away.
Upon arrival the officers spoke with the victim as well as several witnesses and all of these individuals stated that the aggressor had attacked the victim for absolutely no reason whatsoever.
Several of the responding officers were flagged down by witnesses who directed them towards the 500 block of Broadway, the area where the suspect was last seen.
These officers ran to that block of Broadway and detained the suspect and questioned him.
The officers concluded from witness statements that this man was indeed the suspected violent offender and thus arrested this 20-year-old Santa Monica resident and he was charged with battery and an outstanding warrant.
Bail was set at $21,500.
The victim felt that he did not require medical treatment for his minor injuries and went on his way.
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.