A 27-year-old resident of Delaware was arrested and charged with assault after officers of the Santa Monica Police Department watched the male suspect pull a woman by the legs off a fountain on Third Street Promenade on Friday, March 13, at 10 am.
The officers intervened and separated both parties before they questioned each one individually.
The officers noticed that the man appeared to be distressed and when the officers asked this man to sit down he refused.
He also refused to explain why he was trying to drag the woman off the fountain by the legs and simply ranted that he thought that the woman was insane.
The officers then spoke to the female victim and she told the officers that she had been sitting next to the fountain when the man had appeared and had started to move her belongings around without her consent.
She added that the man had thrown dirt at her and had pulled her to the ground by her legs.
Based upon the testimony of the victim, and the incoherent ranting of the suspect, the officers arrested the man and he was charged with assault.
Bail was set at $40,000.
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.