Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 2:15 a.m.,
Santa Monica Police officers responded to the 1900 block of 18th Street regarding a report of an auto burglary in progress. A witness told police that he watched as the suspect walked down the street pulling on car-door handles to see if any would open. He eventually got lucky. Officers found the suspect sitting in the passenger seat asleep. He had a gray GPS device in his lap, police said. Officers woke him and tried to ask him some questions, but he refused to speak. The owner of the car eventually showed up and told officers that he did not give anyone permission to be inside the car. He also said the GPS unit was his. He added that several items on the ground outside of the car used to be stored in his center console. Officers had all they needed to place the suspect under arrest for burglary and vandalism.¬† He was identified as Nelson Rosas Lozano, 44, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $20,000.
Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7:20 p.m.,
Officers responded to a report of someone selling drugs along the 500 block of Olympic Boulevard. The officers were given a description of the suspect and found someone matching that description standing on a nearby sidewalk. While speaking with the man, officers said he tried to hide something in his hand. When officers asked the man to sit on the curb, he allegedly sat on whatever was in his hand. Officers ordered him to stand up and beneath him was a clear plastic baggy containing what police later determined to be .54 grams of methamphetamine. The man was placed under arrest for possession of narcotics. He was identified as Matthew Joab Dunn, 36, a transient. His bail was set at $10,000.
Friday, Jan. 17, at 11 p.m.,
Officers responded to an alley located along the 2200 block of Broadway after receiving a call that someone heard a woman yelling from inside a parked car. Officers arrived and found a man and a woman inside a car. The woman appeared to be drunk. The man, who was in the driver‚Äôs seat, allegedly yelled obscenities and racial slurs at the officers as they tried to make sense of what was going on. He was eventually arrested for not complying with officers. As he was being put inside the police car he allegedly lunged toward one of the officers and spit on him. While in the patrol car the man tried to kick open the door several times and slammed his head against the partition inside the car, police said. In the end he was booked for resisting arrest and battery. He was identified as Raymond Wesley Duvall, 58, a transient. His bail was set at $20,000.
Friday, Jan. 17
Detectives and patrol officers served a search warrant at the home of a suspect wanted in connection with a car burglary that took place along the 600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard on Sept. 3, 2013. Forensic technicians were able to pull a fingerprint from the vehicle and identify the person for whom the print belonged to. Police said a checkbook was taken from the vehicle. The suspect was at home when officers served the warrant and he was placed under arrest for burglary and a probation violation. The suspect was identified as Adrian Guzman, 21, of San Marino, Calif. No bail was set.
Saturday, Jan. 4, at 7:40 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 500 block of Pico Boulevard ‚Äî Le Meridien Delfina hotel ‚Äî regarding a report of three men trying to steal an ATM machine. Witnesses said the men had removed the ATM machine from a wall in the hotel and were trying to put it on a dolly to cart it away. When they were spotted, the men left the machine and ran off. A forensic technician was able to lift a fingerprint from the machine and identified the suspect as a contract security guard at the hotel. Detectives located the suspect and placed him under arrest for attempted burglary and grand theft. He was booked on Jan. 16. The suspect was identified as Chakula Shon Baskom, 43, of Los Angeles. His bail was set at $150,000.
Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 10:45 a.m.,
Officers were working a special detail to address recent concerns about drug activity near the corner of Seventh Street and Olympic Boulevard. The officers watched as a drug sale took place. They detained the buyer and he admitted to having a “pinch” of meth on him, police said. He told officers that he purchased the drug from another person, who was also being questioned by police. The drug dealer was given $5 for the meth. She was searched for drugs; no meth was found, but cops did come away with 31 grams of pot and the $5 bill, police said. Both were arrested. They were identified as Kelly Lin Osborne, 29, a transient; and Richard Westly Alton, 51, of Los Angeles. No bail was set for either suspect. Osborne was booked for possession and selling narcotics, while Alton was busted for possession.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.