A 35-year-old man was arrested after spitting on a female bus passenger for no apparent reason on Saturday, Nov. 26.
At 7 pm officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to the intersection of Pico Blvd. and Lincoln Blvd. in order to investigate a report of a battery that had just occurred on a Big Blue Bus.
When the officers arrived they spoke with the driver of the Big Blue Bus who told them that the male suspect had boarded the bus and had seated himself next to female passenger.
The driver said that the suspect had then spat into the female passenger’s face twice before hopping off the bus.
The driver added that he had watched the suspect walk into a nearby store after he had dismounted the bus.
The officers went in search of the suspect and located him inside the store.
The victim positively identified this suspect of an unknown place of residence and he was arrested and charged with battery and a violation of probation. Bail was set at $200,000.
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.