Leroy McCrary and Donta Baker arrested in connection to September robbery
By Sam Catanzaro
Two men have been arrested for the broad daylight armed robbery of a man’s Rolex in downtown Santa Monica last fall.
According to the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD), on September 25, 2022, around 4:35 p.m. officers responded to the 200 block of Broadway regarding an armed robbery. The victim told officers that he was walking eastbound on the sidewalk when two males pointed handguns at him and robbed him of his Rolex watch. The suspects were last seen fleeing in an awaiting vehicle.
The case was assigned to SMPD’s Robbery Homicide Division. Detectives reviewed and followed up on the evidence which subsequently led them to identify two subjects involved in the robbery. On January 31, 2023, while at court on an unrelated court case, suspect Leroy McCrary, a 24-year-old man from Compton, was arrested by SMPD Detectives. His accomplice in this incident, Donta Baker, a 29-year-old man from Los Angeles, was already in custody at the Los Angeles County Jail for an attempted homicide incident that occurred in Los Angeles.
McCrary and Baker were arraigned on February 1, 2023, at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office – Airport Branch where they were charged with Robbery. McCary’s bail has been set at $1 million and Baker’s current bail is $2 million.