yellow-law-enforcement-line-with-police-car-and-lights-in-the-background.1Crime 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.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7:13 a.m.,

Santa Monica police officers responded to the 500 block of Olympic Boulevard — OPCC Access Center — regarding a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. When officers arrived they spoke with a witness who said that the victim and the suspect were arguing and it escalated into a scuffle. After a brief tussle, the two separated. One of the men got a knife from a duffle bag and allegedly stabbed the other in the upper torso three times. Officers located the suspect near the Public Safety Facility and he admitted to stabbing the victim, but said it was in self defense. Officers found him in possession of a knife. He was booked for attempted murder. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and was expected to survive. The suspect was identified as Danny Ray Day Coleman, 52, of Phoenix, Ariz. His bail was set at $1 million.

 

Sunday, Sept. 15, at 9:55 p.m.,

Officers responded to the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and the California Incline after receiving a report of a fight involving three men who reportedly were bleeding from the face. One of them was allegedly armed with a pair of wooden sticks. When officers arrived they saw three men standing along the east curb line of PCH. All of them were bleeding from the face, were breathing heavily and appeared to be slightly agitated. The first person to be interviewed said he had been attacked by the other two after an exchange of words. The same man told officers that he was a third-degree black belt and had used his “Katana sticks” to defend himself after he was punched in the face. Based on the lack of consistent statements from all three suspects, the officers were unable to determine who was the aggressor and placed all three under arrest for assault and battery. The suspects were identified as Orlando Montes Ruiz, 46, of Santa Monica; Andrew Devries, 27, of Santa Monica; and Jeffrey Scott Skyes, 29, of Santa Monica. Bail for the suspects ranged from $30,000 to $50,000.

 

Saturday, Sept. 14, at 2:40 p.m.,

Officers responded to a store located on the 300 block of Colorado Avenue regarding a shoplifter who had just fled. Two motorcycle cops located the suspect on the 1400 block of Fourth Street. He initially refused to comply with the officers, but when they threatened to use their Tasers he sat on the ground. The store’s security guard told officers that when he tried to detain the man he became belligerent and threatened him with a pair of scissors. After being identified by the security guard, the suspect was placed under arrest for burglary, brandishing a weapon, obstruction and a probation violation. Police said the man stole $28 worth of women’s underwear, which were found in one of his pockets. The suspect was identified as Timothy Ray McWilliams, 33, a transient. His bail was set at $100,000.

 

Friday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m.,

Officers responded to the 2400 block of Ocean Front Walk regarding a report of men using a marker to vandalize a local pizza shop and its trash cans. Officers found a group of men who matched the suspects’ descriptions and detained them for questioning. While searching them, the officers found a 4-inch Bazic jumbo marker. After more questioning, the man with the marker admitted to “tagging” the store and trash cans. Several eyewitnesses came forward and identified at least two of the suspects as being the ones who vandalized the restaurant. Those two were placed under arrest and booked. Officers later learned that both had outstanding warrants for their arrests. They were booked for vandalism and the warrants. They were identified as Mashad Lomar Kelly, 23, of Los Angeles; and Armando Luis Delrio, 28, of North Hollywood, Calif. Bail was not set.

 

Friday, Sept. 13, at 10:04 p.m.,

Officers on patrol saw two men riding their bikes on the sidewalk along the 2200 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, a violation of the municipal code. While interviewing one of the cyclists, the officer asked the man if he’d ever been arrested. He said, “yes.” When asked what for, he said “drugs.” Officers searched the man and said they found a 4-inch glass pipe in his backpack that had some white crystalline residue inside. Officers said those pipes are commonly used to smoke methamphetamine. The man was eventually booked for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was identified as Juan Antonio Ruperto, 35, of Pacoima, Calif. His bail was set at $250.

 

Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6:05 p.m.,

Officers responded to a report of domestic violence that occurred on the 2500 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. When officers arrived they made contact with a woman who said she and her boyfriend had been fighting with each other for the past few days. On this day she said her boyfriend approached her with a clenched jaw while shaking his fists. He then allegedly hit her in the face twice, knocking her down to the ground. She got back up and tried to run, but the suspect was able to hit her one more time in the back of the head. He then fled the scene. The woman ran into a nearby coffee shop for help. Responding units were able to locate the suspect on Wilshire Boulevard and he was placed under arrest for felony battery. He was identified as Eric Darnell Williams, 49, of Los Angeles. His bail was set at $50,000.

 

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