A Santa Monica man was badly beaten last month after a Craigslist “date” went terribly wrong.
This story started back on Wednesday, Oct. 14, when the victim in this case had placed an advertisement on the community website Craigslist.
The purpose of the victim’s advertisement was to seek a female companion for a “date.”
At about 5 am the next morning a young woman answered this advertisement and agreed to visit the victim at his home.
When the woman arrived at the victim’s home shortly afterwards she demanded money from the victim in exchange for the “date.”
The victim was surprised by this request and refused to hand over any money. He then asked this young woman to leave the premises.
Approximately one hour after the woman had left the victim’s home she called him and said that she had been thinking and wanted to have the “date” with the victim after all. She had asked the victim to meet her in a parking lot located in the 1000 block of Wilshire Blvd. so that the “date” could begin.
The victim was overjoyed that the “date” would occur and rushed excitedly to the rendezvous point. When the victim arrived at the rendezvous point he approached the young woman’s car and as he did so a man jumped out of the back seat and attacked the victim, punching him in the face multiple times.
The victim fell to the ground and the man continued to punch and kick the victim in his head and body. The victim eventually managed to get up and run home. The victim was later admitted to a local hospital where he was treated for significant injuries.
The victim had called the police and case had been opened. A follow up investigation enabled the victim to identify two suspects: a 29-year-old male of Sylmar and a 37-year-old Los Angeles female.
On Thursday, Nov. 5 officers of the Santa Monica Police Department located this pair of suspects in a motel in Encino where they were arrested and charged with the assault on the victim. Bail for each suspect 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.