Santa Monica police arrested a man on Friday, June 12, who assaulted his girlfriend after an argument over an un-ironed shirt quickly escalated.
Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to the 3200 block of Santa Monica Blvd. at 3:30 pm in order to investigate a report of domestic violence.
When the officers arrived they spoke with the victim, a woman, who said that earlier her boyfriend had become upset because he had claimed that the woman had not ironed his shirt.
Apparently the boyfriend needed to wear this particular shirt to his place of work.
The victim added that they had become embroiled in an argument about the important un-ironed shirt that he needed and that during the conflict the boyfriend had become enraged and had lunged at her.
She stated that the boyfriend had then struck her several times in the back of her head.
She said that the boyfriend had then ordered her to hit him back and had threatened her with more violence if she refused to strike him.
The victim told the officers that she had indeed refused to punch her boyfriend per his requests and that in response to this refusal he had hit her with his belt upon her thigh.
After the boyfriend had hit her with his belt she said that he had packed his belongings and had taken her car without her permission.
He had used the car to drive to his place of work.
The officers went to the suspect’s workplace, arrested him and took him to jail where he was later charged with domestic violence and criminal threats.
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.