Santa Monica police arrested a man on Tuesday, Dec. 1, who refused to leave a construction site where the man had formerly worked.
At 12:35 pm officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to attend to a “disturbance” at a construction site located in the 400 block of 23rd St.
When the officers arrived they saw that a house was under construction on the lot and that several construction workers appeared to be preventing an individual from entering the building site.
The officers approached and spoke with the man who was attempting to enter the site. He told the officers he used to work on the property and that he had disagreeable views on the direction that construction work was taking.
The officers then spoke with the superintendent of the construction site who told them that he had informed the suspect that he was not to enter the location but that had refused to leave or to stop his attempts to enter.
The superintendent added that earlier the suspect had bumped his chest against him in a way that had seemed to be of an exaggerated kind, displaying a sense of manly pride with an undertone of menace attached to it.
The superintendent said that the suspect had repeated this action several times and that he wanted the suspect arrested for assault and battery.
The officers then attempted to arrest the suspect but the suspect refused to comply with their requests so the officers had to resort to applying force in order to place this man into the back of the police vehicle. The suspect, a homeless man of an unknown age, was charged with assault and battery and resisting arrest. Bail was set at $20,000.
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.