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, July 1, at 5:36 p.m.,
Santa Monica police officers responded to the corner of Cloverfield and Pico boulevards regarding a report of an assault. When officers arrived, they made contact with the victim, who told officers that she was walking west on Pico when a white man began pushing her. As she was being pushed, the suspect allegedly yelled racial slurs at her, stating that this was his town and she should leave. The woman is African American. She told officers that she was not injured in the attack, but did want to file charges. The suspect was detained a few blocks away and after being identified by the victim he was placed under arrest for battery, violating one¬ís civil rights and a probation violation. He was identified as Allan Gordon, 62, a transient. His bail was set at $20,000.
Saturday, June 30, at 4:58 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 1800 block of 16th Street regarding a report of an assault in progress. When officers arrived, they detained a suspect in the rear alley and then made contact with the victim and witnesses inside a nearby apartment. The victim told officers that a fight started when she and the suspect began arguing over a living arrangement and money owed. The suspect allegedly pushed the woman to the ground and struck her in the back with a piece of glass from a computer table. The suspect allegedly continued assaulting the woman by striking her several times with a wooden chair. Witnesses broke up the assault and called police. The victim suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The suspect was placed under arrest and booked for assault with a deadly weapon. He was identified as Frederick Turner, 48, of Culver City. His bail was set at $30,000.
Wednesday, June 27, at 1 a.m.,
Officers were on patrol on the 2700 block of Lincoln Boulevard when they saw a gray Ford Taurus driving southbound with a cracked front windshield in violation of the California Vehicle Code. Officers conducted a traffic stop at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Rose Avenue. As one of the officers approached the driver, he said he could see her reaching under her seat. During the investigation, the driver allegedly told officers that she could not find her license. Police searched a database and learned that the driver had a suspended license and she was on probation for drug possession. The driver consented to a search and officers allegedly found a glass pipe in her purse. Officers said they also found under the driver¬ís seat a baggy containing rock cocaine. The driver was placed under arrest and the vehicle towed. The driver was identified as Dawn Mandell, 40, of Marina del Rey. She was booked for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license and a probation violation. No bail was set.
Tuesday, June 26, at 8:45 p.m.,
Officers assigned to the Third Street Promenade bicycle unit were near Arizona Avenue when they saw a bicyclist with a man riding on the handlebars blow through a red light. Officers attempted to pull the cyclist over, but he made an abrupt left turn onto the 100 block of Santa Monica Boulevard and continued riding. The man on the handlebars was seen by officers removing a pair of bolt cutters from underneath his shirt before tossing them to the ground. The rider then turned into a nearby alley and continued riding northbound. Once they reached the middle of the block, the bicyclist and his passenger stopped. During their investigation, officers learned that the bicycle the men were riding was recently stolen from the corner of Fourth Street and Santa Monica Boulevard. Both suspects were placed under arrest for several offenses, including resisting arrest and conspiracy to commit a crime. The suspects were identified as a 17-year-old resident of Los Angeles, and Carlos Lopez, 18, of Hollywood. The juvenile was also booked for receiving stolen property, running a red light and for having a passenger on his handlebars. He was cited and released to his parents. Lopez was booked for theft, possession of burglary tools and for riding without being properly seated on the bike. His bail was set at $10,000.
Tuesday, May 29, at 2:47 p.m.,
Police responded to the DoubleTree Hotel at 1707 Fourth St. regarding a report of fraud. When officers arrived, they spoke with the hotel manager who said that two days prior two men checked into two separate rooms using fraudulent credit cards. It wasn¬ít until that Tuesday that the hotel was notified that the cards had been declined. The manager contacted one of the suspects and told him about the credit card issue. The suspect said that he would head to the lobby to offer a new form of payment. When the suspect failed to do so, the manager went to the rooms and only found the luggage neatly packed as if the two suspects were about to check out. The suspects could not be found. The manager secured the rooms so that police could collect evidence. Officers said they were able to identify the two suspects, and on June 28 they went to a home in Woodland Hills, Calif. and arrested two men and collected evidence. The men were transported to the Santa Monica Jail and booked. T.P., 23, of Woodland Hills, Calif. was booked for forgery, possession of IDs belonging to 10 or more people and obtaining a credit card using someone else¬ís identity. His bail was set at $50,000. C.E., 33, of Brooklyn, N.Y. was booked for possession of 10 or more people¬ís identities, fraudulent use of account information and obtaining credit using another¬ís identity. His bail was set at $50,000.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.