Three Los Angeles men were arrested on Tuesday, July 7, after a violent but botched robbery of a man walking with a computer bag.
Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were requested to assist fellow officers at 10:45 pm who were engaged in a search for three suspects.
These suspects had allegedly attempted to violently take possession of a computer bag belonging to a citizen who had been walking in the area of Appian Way and Seaside Terrace — a block south of Santa Monica Pier entrance.
This earphone-wearing victim had been approached by the assailants and had initially assumed that they were attempting to communicate with him verbally so he had removed his earphones.
The moment the victim had removed the earphones the three assailants began to attack him, punching him all over his body and attempting to remove his computer bag.
A struggle ensued but when the assailants realized that the victim was determined to retain possession of the computer bag they all ran away.
The victim was unable to give the officers detailed and precise descriptions of the three men but he did remember the exact brand and design of the pair of sandals that one of the men was wearing, along with other more general features.
Based on this information numerous area officers soon had the three suspects in custody and they were all charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit a crime and resisting arrest.
Bail for two of the suspects, one aged 23 of Los Angeles and the second aged 21 and also of Los Angeles was set at $50,000 while the third suspect, a minor, was cited and released.
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.