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.
Sunday, April 20
Santa Monica officers were driving through the parking lot at 1331 Wilshire Blvd. when they were flagged down by a Rite Aid employee. The employee told officers they were detaining someone who tried to steal from the store. Officers responded inside the store and accepted the store loss prevention officer’s private person arrest of the man for the theft and recovery of a pair of scissors and a cell phone valued at $65. The suspect was identified as Blaine K Hope, 40, a transient. Bail was set at $1,000.
Sunday, April 20, 4 p.m.
Officers responded to the 1300 block of the Third Street Promenade regarding a man “acting drunk.” Officers found the man on the ground and could smell alcohol on his breath. Further field sobriety tests were conducted and officers determined he was under the influence and not able to care for himself. He was placed under arrest for public intoxication. The suspect was identified as Michael A Thompson, 44, a transient. Bail was set at $250
Saturday, April 19, 2:30 p.m.
Officers responded to the 1300 block of Santa Monica Boulevard to assist a loss prevention officer who was chasing after a theft suspect. The theft occurred from the Rite Aid at 1331 Wilshire Blvd. The suspect was identified by the employee and officers tried to detain and arrest her at the request of the employee. The suspect would not comply with their orders to stop by trying to resist and run away from the officers. Officers were ultimately able to subdue the suspect and place her under arrest. Stolen merchandise was recovered from where she dropped it while running away and also recovered on her person valued at $195. The suspect was identified as Daisy Gonzalez, 22, of Santa Monica. Her bail was set at $20,000.