Santa Monica police arrested a 35-year-old homeless man inside the McDonald’s near the pier on Friday, Sept. 24 after attacking a security guard.
Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department rushed to McDonald’s at 1540 Second Street at 9:40 pm on this day in order to investigate a report of a fight in progress.
Upon arrival the officers spoke with two witnesses who told them they had seen a pair of what they described as “intoxicated males.”
The witnesses added these men had been drinking from beer cans, and laughing and making a commotion in the restaurant, and that when a security guard had requested that the men leave the restaurant the pair became “belligerent.”
These men had then allegedly advanced towards the security guard in a threatening manner which prompted the guard to use his pepper spray on them.
A fight had quickly ensued before two citizens had assisted the security guard.
One of the suspects had fled, according to the witnesses, but the security guard detained the other until police arrived.
The officers, under the protocol afforded to them by a request for a citizen’s arrest by the security guard, arrested this suspect and he was charged with assault and battery.
Bail for this 35-year-old homeless man 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.