Santa Monica police arrested a 42-year-old homeless man on Friday, April 17, after the suspect was seen throwing rocks through windows of businesses on Main Street.
Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to a report of vandalism in the 2700 block of Main Street at 10:15 pm.
The officers were informed that a witness had seen a man throw an object through the window of an area business, resulting in said window being shattered to pieces.
The officers were provided with a description of the suspect and they were also told that this man had last been seen walking south along the 2700 block of Main Street.
The officers sped to the scene and searched for the suspect.
After a few minutes they spotted a man fitting the description of the suspect walking in the area of Rose Avenue and Hampton Drive in Venice.
The officers detained the suspect until the witness could be brought to the location in order to identify the suspect.
The witness did positively identify the suspect as the man who smashed the window; the officers drove back to the location of the damage on Main Street so that they could possibly locate the owner of the business that had its window smashed.
In doing so the officers spotted two other businesses that had smashed windows and further investigation revealed that the windows had been smashed with rocks.
The suspect was arrested and taken to Santa Monica jail where this man was charged with vandalism and a violation of probation. 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.