Editor’s note: This report is part of Crime Watch, 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. Crime Watch appears every Friday in the print edition of the Daily Press.
Thursday, March 7, at 5:11 p.m.,
Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1300 block of 11th Street regarding a report of domestic violence. When officers arrived they found a woman crying hysterically as she tried to tell them that her live-in boyfriend had violently beaten her 4-year-old pug/beagle mix after telling her he was going to kill the pet. Officers detained the boyfriend and were advised that a neighbor had already taken the dog to the vet for treatment. Officers went into the apartment and said they found a large amount of blood, feces and urine around the living room where the alleged attack took place. Officers interviewed the girlfriend and learned that the suspect had a history of being abusive toward the dog. On this day he allegedly called the girlfriend and told her he was going to kill the dog because it had bit him. The girlfriend rushed home and when she arrived she said she saw the boyfriend throw the dog violently against the wall and kick it as the dog ran under a table. The girlfriend grabbed the dog and as she ran out of the apartment for help the suspect allegedly punched the pet a few more times. The boyfriend was taken into custody for cruelty to animals. The dog suffered several internal injuries and was hospitalized for several days, but is expected to recover. The suspect was identified as Benjamin Joseph Tesler, 27, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $80,000.
Tuesday, March 5, at 2:31 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 300 block of Colorado Avenue — Bloomingdale’s — regarding a report of a shoplifter who was running from store security. Officers located the suspect at Fifth Street and Colorado Avenue and ordered him to stop, but he kept running. He was eventually detained. Security said that the suspect entered the department store, took a sweater and removed the security tag and shoved the sweater down his pants. When security tried to confront him, he ran. The suspect was booked for burglary and resisting arrest. He was identified as Thomas Baker, 27, a transient. His bail was set at $20,000.