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.
Friday, Dec. 28, at 5:30 p.m.,
Santa Monica police officers were flagged down along the 1300 block of the Third Street Promenade regarding a man with a gun. A woman told the officers that she saw a man with a gun in his right hand. She said the man then placed the gun in the waistband of his trousers. Officers saw the suspect at the corner of Fourth Street and Santa Monica Boulevard. Officers approached the suspect and located the gun in the suspect’s trousers. Officers examined the gun and determined that it was a toy replica. The suspect put black tape around the barrel, trigger and hammer in an attempt to make it look real, police said. Officers arrested the suspect for altering a firearm. He was identified as Dylan Stall, 18, a transient. His bail was set at $500.
Saturday, Dec. 29, at 1:26 a.m.,
Officers were on routine patrol along the 1200 block of Arizona Avenue when they saw a man leaving a carport to the rear of an apartment building. He was dressed in dark clothing and wore a backpack. Officers drove around to the alley and saw the suspect kneeling down adjacent to a Ford Mustang. The vehicle was parked in an adjacent carport the suspect was previously seen in. When the suspect saw police, he sat down and leaned against a wall. Officers spoke with him and the suspect could not explain why he was in the carport. He also allegedly provided a false name. When officers learned his real name, they learned he was on parole and placed him under arrest for prowling, providing false information to police and a parole violation. He was identified as Daniel Moretti, 33, a transient. No bail was set.
Monday, Dec. 31, at 8:23 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 2100 block of Lincoln Boulevard — Santa Monica Motel — regarding a report of a man with a knife. When officers arrived they made contact with the woman who called police. She said that the suspect was intoxicated, aggressive and attacked another guest at the motel. That guest was cut on his hand. Officers saw the suspect trying to leave the motel and detained him without incident. The woman who called police said that she tried to evict the suspect because he had stayed past the checkout time. That’s when he allegedly became abusive and started chasing the woman with the knife. The other guest stepped in and that’s when he was cut, police said. Officers found the knife in the motel room where the suspect was staying. He was placed under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon. He was identified as Nicholas Chasin, 27, of Malibu, Calif. His bail was set at $30,000.
Monday, Dec. 31, at 11:12 a.m.,
Officers responded to the 1600 block of Cloverfield Boulevard — Ralphs — regarding a report of a drunk customer. When officers arrived they found paramedics already on scene. The suspect allegedly exhibited symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. He was placed under arrest for public intoxication. He was identified as Kevin Flowers, 44, of Venice, Calif. His bail was set at $250.
Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 12:37 a.m.,
Officers responded to the 3100 block of Highland Avenue regarding a family disturbance. When officers arrived they made contact with a woman who said that after midnight her husband was receiving phone calls and texts on his cell phone. When she picked up the phone to check the messages, he allegedly tried to grab the phone away. A struggle ensued and the woman was struck in the head by her husband, police said. She did not have any visible signs of injuries. The suspect, Timothy Stewart, 53, of Santa Monica, was arrested for battery on a spouse. His bail was set at $20,000.
Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 2:20 a.m.,
Police officers on routine patrol on the 2100 block of Wilshire Boulevard saw LAPD officers placing handcuffs on a handful of people at the rear of the Gaslight bar. Police said that an alleged victim of an assault flagged down the LAPD officers for assistance. The man told police that several men beat him up. He pointed out one of them and asked that he be arrested. The man said he was knocked to the ground and was punched and kicked. He had a cut to his upper lip and complained of pain to his head and torso. Officers arrested the suspect, identified as Saleem Allahi, 34, of Mississippi, for assault. His bail was set at $30,000.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.