A day at the beach with friends ended in handcuffs for a woman from Calimesa in Riverside County on Thursday, April 16, after an argument with her girlfriend escalated to violence.
An officer of the Santa Monica Police Department responded to a report of domestic violence at 11 pm that had just occurred in the parking lot at 1550 Pacific Coast Highway.
When the officers arrived the officer spoke with the female victim who said that she had visited Santa Monica that day with her girlfriend (the suspect) from Calimesa so that they could meet up with friends and have a convivial time at the beach.
She added that they had all been drinking alcoholic beverages and during the course of the imbibing, herself and her girlfriend had begun to argue.
This, she stated, was because the girlfriend had become convinced that the victim had taken her keys and cell phone away from her.
She continued to explain to the officers that the girlfriend had then punched her in the face and dragged her out of the vehicle whereupon they had begun to have a fight.
It transpired that their friends had eventually intervened and separated the couple.
The officers then spoke with the suspect, and the suspect confessed to the officers that she had indeed hit the victim but attempted to mitigate the event by claiming that the victim had also struck her in retaliation.
The officers arrested this 24-year-old resident of Calimesa and she was charged with domestic violence with corporal injury. Bail was set at $50,000.
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.