Santa Monica police arrested a homeless man on Friday, Feb. 6, after becoming aggressive toward officers after refusing to stop riding his bicycle that did not have lights.
An officer of the Santa Monica Police Department spotted a man riding a bicycle without lights in the 2000 block of Third Street at 11:43 pm so the officer gave multiple commands for this man to stop.
The man ignored these instructions so the officer blocked the bicycle lane in an attempt to impede the forward motion of the bicyclist.
The bicyclist, however, dismounted his bicycle at the last moment and pushed the bicycle into the officer’s legs before walking away.
Other officers then arrived to assist while the (now) suspect continued to ignore the police commands to surrender.
The suspect then adopted a fighting style stance that suggested to the officers that he was ready to attack them so they used their police training in order to detain this man.
The suspect was resisting violently so the officers thought it best that they deployed their X-26 Taser in order to restrain this man.
This worked and the officers took this 26-year-old homeless man into custody and off to jail.
The man was later charged with riding a bicycle without lights, assault on a police officer, and resisting arrest. 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.