By Tim Broughton
He Had To Go.
On Friday, November 18, at 9:53 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were on a routine patrol in the area of the 1200 block of Seventh Street when they caught sight of a man who was in the act of urinating in public view. This is a violation of a Santa Monica Municipal Code. The officers spoke with this man and noticed that he was also in possession of an open container of beer. The officers asked this man what his name was and he gave them a series of different names all of which proved to be false. The officers used their technological superiority and discovered this man’s true identity and in doing so also found out that he had a “no bail” felony warrant for a parole violation. The officers arrested this 75-year-old El Monte resident and he was charged with violation of parole, giving officers false information and urinating in public. Bail was not granted.
On Saturday, November 19, at 6:14 a.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department received a radio call informing them that two individuals were creating a traffic hazard at the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Ocean Avenue, and that one of these people was flailing a chair at oncoming traffic. The officers rushed to the scene and detained both of these men. The officers spoke with these individuals and determined that one of them was a suspect and the other a victim. The officers discovered that the suspect had approached the victim and had asked for some marijuana. The victim had responded by telling the suspect that he was not in possession of marijuana at that time, to which the suspect had responded by become enraged and had picked up an unspecified metal object with which to strike the victim. The suspect had told the victim that due to the fact that the victim did not possess any marijuana he was going to take the victim’s life. The victim fled across the street at that news and the suspect chased him and then picked up a chair that was situated at a parking valet booth. The suspect attacked the victim with the chair but the victim was able to defend himself from the attack until the officers arrived on the scene. The officers arrested the suspect, aged 55 and a Los Angeles resident, and he was charged with criminal threats and a probation violation. Bail was not granted.
They Saw Everything.
On Saturday, November 19, at 6:43 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were parked and sitting in their police vehicle in the 1900 block of Broadway when they saw a man riding a bicycle eastbound on the sidewalk. This man then rode next to a female pedestrian and as the man positioned himself adjacent to the woman he grabbed her purse from her shoulder and began to cycle away at high speed. The officers immediately turned on their emergency lights and siren and gave chase. The officers eventually caught up with this man in the 1400 block of 20th Street and apprehended him. A few moments later the victim arrived as she had also given chase. The officers returned the purse to the victim and arrested the suspect, aged 18 and from Los Angeles and he was later charged with robbery. Bail was set at $50,000.
On Saturday, November 19, at 6:00 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department responded to a radio call regarding some unspecified trouble that was happening in the 2700 block of Nielson Way. The officers rushed to the scene and when they arrived they saw that a man was being treated by Santa Monica Fire Department Paramedics. This man had cuts to his hands and the paramedics were applying dressings to the man’s hands. The officers were in the process of trying to figure out what had happened when they received another call informing them that the window of a store, located in the 2800 block of Main Street, had been smashed in a possible burglary attempt. The officers put two and two together and asked the man with the bleeding hands if he knew anything about the smashed window at the nearby store. This man confessed to the officers that he had smashed the window, but said that he didn’t intend to burglarize the store. He told the officers that he has spontaneously become angry and upset about something and had decided to punch the store window as a way of relieving the tension of his mood. This had caused the window to shatter that had resulted in lacerations to his hands. The officers arrested this 23-year-old Los Angeles resident and he was charged with vandalism. Bail was set at $20,000.