On Sunday, August 10 at 12:30 a.m.
Santa Monica Police officers responded to 4th Street and Colorado Ave., regarding an indecent exposure incident onboard a Big Blue Bus. When they arrived, they contacted both the victim and the suspect inside the bus.
The victim told the officers she was sitting on a bus seat and eating her lunch, when the suspect boarded the bus and sat down next to her. The victim wanted to be polite and believed the suspect might be hungry, so she offered the suspect some of her salad. The suspect accepted the salad but did not eat it right away, so the victim also gave him some cash. A short time later, the victim looked over and noticed the suspect had exposed his penis was using the cabbage from the salad to pleasure himself sexually. The victim became visibly upset and notified the bus driver, who then contacted the police. The suspect was then taken into custody. The suspect, Jose Victor Vasquez, 36, of Los Angeles was arrested for Indecent Exposure. Bail $10,000 was set at.
On Saturday, August 9 at 6:05 p.m.
Santa Monica Police officers responded to the 1500 block of 5th Street, regarding several 911 calls of shots being fired from an upper level apartment. When officers arrived, they found three spent shell casings on the ground in an adjacent alley. A brief moment later officers saw the suspect, who fit the description of a man involved in an earlier disturbance call at the same building, walk out onto a balcony at the apartment building and then step back inside quickly.
As officers prepared to knock on the front door of the apartment, an officer standing in the alley saw the suspect walk out onto the balcony again, so he began talking to him. The suspect admitted to firing his handgun, then returned to his apartment and walked out the front door, where awaiting officers took him into custody. Since the apartment door locked after the suspect walked out, officers broke down the door to check for any possible victims inside. No victims were found inside the unit however, and a check of area hospitals showed there were no victims of any stray bullets either.
The suspect’s empty gun was found inside the apartment, but based on the shell casings the officers found in the alley, it was believed the suspect fired his gun in a westerly direction from balcony.
The suspect, Bennett Rowe Morehouse, 42, of Santa Monica was arrested for Negligent Discharge of a Firearm. Bail was set at $35,000.
On Friday, August 8 at 2:10 a.m.
Santa Monica Police officer was conducting a routine check of Memorial Park for anyone loitering in the park after hours. The officer found the suspect (a homeless man) sleeping in the park near the children’s playground area, so the officer woke the suspect up and told him he had to leave because he was in violation of the city’s municipal code. The suspect became agitated and began arguing with the officer, then refused to comply when the officer tried to pat him down and search him for any weapons. The suspect also walked away from the officer, despite the officer’s commands to stop.
When back up officers arrived, they attempted to detain the suspect and place him in handcuffs. The suspect immediately pulled away from the officer’s grasp and swung around as if he was going preparing to fight them. The officers were able to grab the suspect and hold him down on the ground before he could take a swing at them, but the suspect tucked his hands in close to his chest and refused to let the officers handcuff him. After warning the suspect several times that he would be tased if he continued to resist, an officer used his taser to stun the suspect. The suspect then complied and was taken into custody.
The suspect, Jameson Matthew Palos, 27, of Santa Monica was arrested for Resisting Arrest. Bail was set at $10,000.
On Friday, August 8 at 10:10 a.m.
Officers responded to an apartment at the 1000 block of 6th Street, regarding a suspicious person who was trying to enter the building’s secure laundry room and appeared to be trying to open the mailboxes belonging to tenants who lived in the building. When the officers arrived, they were unable to locate the suspect but remained in the area to see if they could spot him. A short time later, at about 10:20 a.m., the witness who initially called the police saw the suspect trying the laundry door again and called 911. The officers returned to the location moments later and saw the suspect duck into a carport at an adjacent property.
After searching the carport, the officers located the suspect and ordered him to stop. The suspect initially did not obey the commands, but complied shortly afterward and was successfully detained. The witness positively identified the suspect as the man he saw earlier, so the suspect was taken into custody and booked for attempted burglary. A check of the suspect’s criminal history showed he was on probation for burglary. Officers noted there have been several break-ins recently to coin operated laundry machines in the same area.
The suspect, William Benjamin Fausto, 40, of Santa Monica was arrested for Attempt Burglary and Prowling. Bail was set at $20,000.
On Friday, August 8 at 11:10 p.m.
The victim woke up in his home at the 1800 block of Warwick Ave. after hearing some noises and talking coming from the kitchen. The victim immediately recognized the voice as his brother’s (the suspect), who he recently obtained a restraining order against. The restraining order was issued after the suspect robbed the victim’s mother and was evicted from the same location. Fearing for his safety, the victim locked himself in his bedroom and called 911.
Officers arrived shortly afterward and knocked on the front door, but the suspect refused to open it. Another officer saw the suspect standing in the living room and tried to speak to him through the window, but the suspect refused and instead shut the window and blinds. Officers then spoke with the victim over the phone and asked him if he wanted them to break down the front door. The victim said he was scared of what the suspect would do to him, so he authorized the officers to take whatever action they needed to get inside. The officers then used a battering ram to force open the door and took the suspect into custody. The suspect was found carrying a backpack that had a sandwich inside. It was later determined the suspect took a screen off one of the kitchen windows and entered the house, then made himself a sandwich in the kitchen while talking to himself.
The suspect Kevin J. Thompson, 33, of Santa Monica was arrested for Burglary and Violation of a Restraining Order. Bail was set at $50,000.
On Thursday, August 7 at 5:20 a.m.
Residents at an apartment building at the 2700 block of 2nd Street heard an unusual clicking sound coming from outside their window. When the witnesses looked outside, they saw the suspect entering the property through a side gate. A brief while later, the witnesses saw the suspect holding a flashlight and attempting to force open the door to the garage at their building, so they called the police. Officers arrived shortly afterward and set up a containment area around the building.
One of the officers then looked through the garage gate and saw the suspect inside the garage. The officer noticed the suspect used a pair of bolt cutters to cut the lock off a bicycle at one end of the garage, and then walked over to another bike on the opposite side and cut the lock off that bike as well. Immediately afterward, the suspect grabbed the first bike and started walking out one of the gates with it. Officers detained the suspect however, and then later took him into custody when a victim identified one of the bikes as her husband’s. The suspect also had a bag with him that contained some burglary tools.
The suspect, Kevin Ewayne Henderson, 32, of Los Angeles was arrested for Residential Burglary. Bail was set at $50,000.
On Friday, August 8 at 9:55 p.m.
The suspect phoned the victim and left a voicemail message telling him to step outside his residence. Shortly afterward, the suspect left a second message in which he used several derogatory terms and foul language to describe the victim’s family, and then claimed he would murder the victim’s father. Fearing for his safety, because the suspect was possibly related to some gang members; the victim contacted the police.
After speaking with the victim, officers drove to the suspect’s residence and asked him about the calls. The suspect admitted to making the calls and said he only wanted to fight the victim, because the victim made fun of him in the lyrics of a rap song he recorded. The victim claimed he only wrote the lyrics after the suspect insulted him in one of his rap songs. The suspect, Kendall David Page, 19, of Santa Monica, was then taken into custody and booked for making criminal threats. Bail was set at $50,000.