No Room For An Emergency
On Saturday, May 25, at 8:00am officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to attend to a problem at the St. John’s Hospital Emergency Room. Whilst en route to the location the officers learned that a woman had been present in the emergency room and that she had been causing a disturbance while refusing to leave after the staff at the emergency room had requested many times that she do so. When the officers arrived at the Emergency Room they spoke with staff members who told them that this woman had received treatment at the hospital earlier that day but that she had remained on the premises after the treatment and harassed other patients while generally being a nuisance. The officers approached this woman and asked her several times to please leave the hospital but the woman refused. The hospital staff told the officers that they were desirous of a prosecution so eventually the officers arrested this 39-year-old homeless woman and she was later charged with trespass and interfering with a business. Bail was set at $5,000.
On Saturday, May 25, at 9:36pm officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out the area of Main Street and Ashland Avenue in order to investigate a report of a possible robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival at the location the officers spotted a man who fit the description of the suspect and detained him. The officers then spoke with the reporting party who told them that they had been sitting outside a café at the location and that the suspect had approached their table, pulled out a knife, taken food from their table and eaten the food. The officers then spoke to the suspect and he admitted taking the food but said that he had felt insulted by other uninvolved people who had given him a box of food and that when he had opened it he discovered that it contained nothing but trash. That, he claimed, was why he had found it necessary to take the food from the victim. This 60-year-old homeless man was arrested and searched. This man found to be in possession of narcotics paraphernalia, so that charge was added to the charge of being in possession of a deadly weapon. Bail was set at $20,000
A Waiting Game.
On Saturday, May 25, at 1:35am officers of the Santa Monica Police Department who were on a routine patrol in the area of the 1700 block of Appian Way spotted a parked vehicle that looked suspicious to the trained eyes of law enforcement officials and decided to conduct a license plate enquiry. Not surprisingly to these officers this vehicle came back as having been stolen from the LAPD-Wilshire Division. This vehicle was unattended at the time so the officers made a note to periodically check on the vehicle. Their focus paid off because at 3:45am the same morning the officers spotted a man sitting in the drivers’ seat of this stolen vehicle so they approached the car and detained this man. After speaking with this man they determined that he might have stolen the vehicle so they arrested this 21-year-old Los Angeles resident and he was charged with grand theft auto. Bail was set at $25,000.
On Sunday, May 26, at 7:39pm officers of the Santa Monica Police Department received a radio call informing them that there had been a possible robbery in the Denny’s Restaurant parking lot, located at 1560 Lincoln Boulevard. The officers rushed to the scene and began investigating. When the officers arrived they spoke with the victim and some witnesses. The officers learned that the victim had been patronizing Denny’s when an employee of the restaurant had noticed that someone was moving around inside the victim’s car that was parked in the parking lot. The victim said that she had gone out to her car and had noticed that it appeared that someone had rummaged through her belongings inside the vehicle and that some items were missing. The victim then said that another witness had pointed out the man suspected of rummaging through the vehicle and that this individual was at that time standing in a nearby doorway. The officers located this man and after confirming that this was the same man that the witness had seen inside the suspect’s vehicle they arrested him. This 53-year-old homeless man was charged with theft and bail was set at $500.