A dispute over marijuana and alcohol led to a violent assault and the arrest of a homeless man at a Burger King in Santa Monica on Saturday, Dec. 27.
Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to the Burger King fast food restaurant at 1919 Pico Boulevard at 2:25 pm in response to a report of a battery that had just occurred.
The reporting party had stated that a man had been beating a woman who was on the ground.
Upon arrival the officers initially could find neither a suspect nor a victim, but upon searching the area they discovered the victim in the back alley.
The officers spoke with the victim who told them that the suspect had attacked her with punches and “soccer” style kicks to her face.
She added that the attack was as a result of a dispute over marijuana and alcohol.
The officers went in search of the suspect and found this 48-year-old homeless man a short distance away.
The victim then positively identified the suspect and the officers arrested the suspect and took him off to jail where he was charged with assault. 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.