A 23-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested on Sunday, Aug. 23, after smashing a car window with his fist at Santa Monica Pier.
At 1:16 am an officer of the Santa Monica Police Department was driving down the Santa Monica Pier ramp when he was flagged down by a victim who told the officer that someone had just smashed the driver’s side window of his vehicle.
The officer listened as this man recounted that he had just driven up the pier ramp when, upon reaching the stop sign at the top of the ramp, he had seen two men and two women standing by the stop sign.
The man said that at that point one of the men became agitated and upset. He added that this man had accused him of driving too fast and had then punched his driver’s side window, causing it to shatter.
The victim then said that when he had told this man that he needed to pay for the damage the man ran away.
The officers took a description of the suspect and a short time later spotted him as he returned to the scene of the crime.
The officer also noticed that this suspect had visible injuries to his hand. The officers arrested this L.A. man and he was later charged with malicious vandalism. Bail was set at $500.
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.