A 43-year-old Santa Monica man was arrested on Saturday, Nov. 29 after grabbing his girlfriend of four month’s head with both hands and throwing her to the ground, then stealing her cell phone.
Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to the 1000 block of Marine at 1:14 am on this day after they had received a report of a domestic violence incident.
Apparently, the female victim and the male suspect had been sporadically dating for the previous four months and had even attempted to live together, but the suspect had become abusive and as a result, the victim had asked the suspect to move out.
About a week prior to this date’s incident, the victim had made attempts to revive the relationship and had invited the suspect to move back in with her.
The relationship had been tolerable for a few days but on this day the suspect and the victim began yet another argument.
The suspect had allegedly grabbed the victim’s phone in order to look through the contact list.
When the victim attempted to retrieve the phone, the suspect grabbed the victim’s head with both hands and threw her to the ground, striking her head on a chair in the process.
The suspect then ran from the scene, taking with the victim’s phone with him.
The officers went in search of the suspect and soon discovered the person on the street, still in possession of the victim’s phone.
This man was arrested and charged with domestic battery and theft. 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.