Two men and a woman in their early 20s were arrested on Friday, Aug. 14, after an assault at a Santa Monica sports bar.
At 1:30 am officers of the Santa Monica Police Department received a report of a fight inside Busby’s (a popular destination that was apparently voted the “Best Sports Bar” in Santa Monica and all of California by MSN.com and ranked third in the national category for all sports-theme taverns offering televised sports, often on multiple televisions in addition to other forms of entertainment).
The officers were advised that there had been a possibility that a knife had been used in the incident so they prepared accordingly.
Upon arrival the officers noticed a group of people in an apparent state of pandemonium.
As the officers cautiously approached the entrance to Busby’s they were approached by a victim who told them that two men had just beaten him up.
The victim pointed at one of the alleged assailants and then told the officers that the other alleged assailant had driven away in an awaiting Toyota Prius.
The officers detained the first suspect and other officers conducted a traffic stop on the other one in the Toyota Prius.
After investigating the assault the officers determined that a knife had not been used in the attack, however viewing closed circuit footage clearly showed the two men attacking the victim.
The officers arrested the two suspects, along with the female driver of the Toyota Prius, aged 20, and a resident of Santa Monica for driving under the influence.
Two men, both of Los Angeles and aged 22, were each charged with battery and each had bail set at $20,000 while bail for the female driver of the Toyota Prius 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.