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Santa Monica Police Make Narcotics and Weapons Arrest Following Collision

One suspect remains at large following November 28 incident

By Sam Catanzaro

Santa Monica police recently arrested a man on weapons and narcotics charges following a high-speed chase that resulted in a collision. 

According to the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD), on November 28 around 7:15 p.m., officers responded to the 900 block of Ocean Avenue regarding a suspicious vehicle. When officers arrived, they located the vehicle, a black Jeep, leaving the area. 

An officer witnessed the vehicle commit several vehicle code violations. When the officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop the  vehicle fled at a high rate of speed and crashed striking several parked vehicles and a tree in the 1000 block of 2nd Street. The two occupants fled on foot however only one was located a short time after,” the SMPD said. 

According to the SMPD, a subsequent search of the suspect vehicle revealed a loaded short barrel AR type rifle, a loaded 9mm handgun and a “large” amount of narcotics. 

The driver of the vehicle, Ken Lee Fernandez, a  22-year-old male of Buena Park, was booked on weapons and narcotics charges along with delaying and obstructing arrest.  

The passenger and outstanding suspect is described as a 20 to 25-year-old Black male, 5’10” – 6’2”,  thin build, dark complexion, wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt and black sweatpants.  

Anyone with any information pertaining to this incident is strongly encouraged to contact Special  Investigations Unit (SIU) Detective Khansari at 310-458-4248, Detective McGowan at 310-458-4698 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8426.

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