A 42-year-old Huntington Park resident was arrested after a Santa Monica Police Department officer, who was standing outside the Santa Monica Pier Substation, responded to a request for help from a citizen on Friday, March 6, at 8:10 pm.
The citizen, a woman, told the officer that she had been sitting in a vehicle with her two brothers when a man had approached the vehicle and made some threatening comments to her brother.
This brother had been sitting in the drivers’ seat at the time.
She said that this man then appeared to remove what may have been a gun or a knife from his person.
She added that, fearing the man was going to kill her and her brothers, her brother had exited the vehicle at which point the man started to punch her brother several times in the face.
It was at that time that the woman had rushed to get assistance.
The officer located the suspect shortly afterwards.
The officer questioned the suspect and discovered that he was already on probation for previous assaults of this kind.
The officer then arrested the suspect and he was taken off to jail.
The officer did not discover a weapon on the suspect and the suspect was later charged with assault. Bail was not granted.
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.