A homeless person originally from Yacolt, Washington, was arrested in Santa Monica on Monday, May 4, after threatening to stab a person with a pair of scissors.
Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to the 1600 block of Ocean Front Walk at 6 pm in order to investigate a report of assault with a deadly weapon.
Upon arrival the officers contacted both the victim and the suspect. Both of these individuals were homeless.
The officers spoke with the victim who told them that he had been sitting on a short wall in the area with the suspect being seated on the same wall a few feet away.
The victim continued to explain to the officers that one point he had glanced at the suspect and the suspect had responded to this inadvertent eye contact by becoming instantly enraged and demanding that he cease looking in his direction forthwith.
The victim added that the suspect followed this tirade up by making derogatory comments about the victim’s sexual orientation and then suddenly pulled a pair of scissors out of his pocket and threatened to stab the victim with the scissors.
The victim told the officers that in response to this apparent threat to his life he had grabbed the suspect’s bicycle in order to use it as a buffer between himself and the suspect.
The victim told the officers that it was at that moment that he had yelled for help from the police.
The police had heard the yelling and had arrived within one minute and had apprehended the suspect at the entrance to the 1550 Beach Parking Lot.
After hearing the statements from the victim and interviewing the suspect the officers arrested this 21-year-old homeless person and he was later charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Bail was set at $15,000.
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.