A 47-year-old Santa Monica man had to be tasered before being arrested on Thursday, Sept. 24, after randomly attacking a person on a bench in front of a passing police officer.
At 11:15 am an officer of the Santa Monica Police Department was on routine patrol in the 1600 block of Ocean Ave. when he saw a man riding a bicycle along the street.
This man suddenly dismounted the conveyance, dropped it to the ground, and charged at a man who was sitting on a public bench. The officer witnessed this charging man raise his fists and when the man arrived at the individual sitting on the bench the officer saw him begin to attack the man for no apparent reason.
The officer immediately pulled over and sounded the police vehicle horn followed up by commands instructing the assailant to cease his attack forthwith.
The assailant ignored these demands from the officer. The officer then warned the man that he would be controlled by the use of the officer’s X-26 taser if he did not stop.
Again the man ignored the officer so the officer did indeed apply the stunning power of the taser and this man fell to the ground incapacitated.
This 47-year-old man, of Santa Monica was arrested, and given that he was at that time on parole for burglary, a parole violation hold was placed, and bail was denied.