A man from Texas was arrested on Thursday, Dec. 10, after refusing the leave a Santa Monica parking lot.
At 1:15 pm officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to 424 Pico Blvd. in response to a report of a man who had been acting in a strange manner and had been performing karate-style maneuvers in the parking lot located at the rear of the building.
When the officers arrived they spotted the man who was still performing his kung-fu motions in the parking lot.
The officers told this individual at least 15 times that he needed to leave the property, bringing to his attention that his behavior was causing alarm in the minds of the personnel at the location.
The suspect ignored all of the officers’ commands and rolled up his sleeves and removed his glasses suggesting that he was preparing to use his apparent martial arts skills in order to fight the officers.
Additional officers arrived at the scene but still the suspect refused to comply with their requests.
The officers spoke with the property owner who agreed to sign a private person’s arrest form and the suspect was taken into custody without further incident.
This 28-year-old resident of Richardson, Texas was charged with refusing or failing to leave the lands immediately upon being requested by the owner of the land, the owner’s agent or by the person in lawful possession to leave the lands. Bail was set at $1,000.
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.