Demanding an apology
Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Thursday, June 26, at 2:30 p.m.
A man and woman were walking westbound along the 500 block of Olympic Drive when they saw a woman sitting on the sidewalk with whom they had prior disagreements. As they passed the woman, she said to them, “You need to apologize.” The couple ignored her and kept walking. The woman got up, off of the ground, and chased after the couple. When she caught up to them, she struck the woman multiple times by punching her in the head and face. The woman sustained minor injuries. Officers responded and located the suspect nearby and placed under arrest for assault. The suspect was identified as Heidee Clark, a transient. Bail was set at $20,000.
Wednesday, June 25, at 8 p.m.
Santa Monica officers responded to the 1900 block of Main Street regarding a suspicious shirtless male. They made contact with the shirtless man who was staggering in a lane of traffic and escorted him to safety. They immediately smelled and observed the man to display symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. They asked for his identification and he repeatedly yelled, “It’s a conspiracy!” Officers placed him under arrest for public intoxication as he was not able to properly care for himself. The suspect was identified as Salvador Haro, 62, of Van Nuys. Bail was set at $250.
Wednesday, June 25, at 7:15 p.m.
An officer observed a white vehicle driving eastbound in the 200 block of Hollister at a high rate of speed. The officer followed the vehicle and additionally observed the vehicle fail to stop at two stop signs before he was able to conduct a traffic stop. As the officer approached, he saw a female driver and three male passengers inside the vehicle. He also saw multiple opened and unopened beers in plain view inside the passenger area of the car. The female driver was asked to exit the vehicle and conduct field sobriety tests. She was determined to display symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol and was placed under arrest. Her vehicle was impounded and the three male passengers were released from the scene. The suspect was identified as Michelle Gutierrez, 20. Bail was set at $5,000.
Tuesday, June 24, at 2:30 p.m.
Witnesses on the Third Street Promenade observed a man acting suspiciously with a video camera. They followed him into four different stores on the promenade and saw him place a shopping bag, which contained his camera, under the skirts of young teenage girls. The witnesses called SMPD and relayed this information over the phone. Officers detained the man. Officers interviewed all potential victims and confirmed they did not know the man and did not give him permission to video them. Officers placed the man under arrest for unauthorized use of a recording device and juvenile annoying. Evidence to the filming was recovered on the man’s video camera as well as his cell phone. The suspect was identified as Kristoffer Claro, 32, of Long Beach. Bail was set at $25,000.
Thursday, June 26, at 6 a.m.
A customer entered the Coffee Bean at 200 Santa Monica Blvd. and asked for a refill in his Starbucks cup. When told he could not get a refill in a Starbucks cup, the customer became very upset and began turning over tables and chairs and throwing display items at the employees. An employee behind the counter sustained minor injuries to her chest and hand. The customer yelled out obscenities and exclaimed he had been to Vietnam and killed people and would do it again. As officers arrived, the customer sat down in a chair and continued to threaten and insult the officers. He was placed under arrest for assault and vandalism. The suspect was identified as David Edwards, 65, of Los Angeles. No bail was set.