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, Aug. 30, at 11:15 p.m.,
Santa Monica police officers were driving north along the 2000 block of Cloverfield Boulevard when they saw a car heading south that was missing a license plate. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the 2300 block of Kansas Avenue. During their investigation, officers learned the driver had a suspended license. Officers searched the vehicle and said they found cocaine and a knife. The driver and her passenger denied the cocaine belonged to them. The driver also had in her possession $377 in small denominations. She was eventually booked for possession of narcotics. She was identified as Jannette Chaidez, 28, of Santa Monica. Her bail was set at $10,000.
Monday, Sept. 2, at 2:30 p.m.,
A woman driving southbound on Second Street, waiting to make a left turn onto Broadway, heard and felt something hit one of her windows. When she looked in her rearview mirror she saw a man with a skateboard on his shoulder. She believed the man used the skateboard to hit her car. She saw a traffic service officer and asked him for help. He, in turn, called police. When officers arrived they saw the suspect running toward Fourth Street. He eventually threw himself to the ground at the corner of Fourth and Broadway and began flailing his arms and legs. Police ordered him to stop, but he refused, police said. While trying to handcuff him, the suspect allegedly jumped up and started to run. Officers used a Taser and were able to take the man into custody. He was booked at the Santa Monica Jail for vandalism. He was identified as Eric Daniel Rodriguez, 26, a transient. No bail was set.
Sunday, Sept. 1, at 4 a.m.,
Officers responded to the 3100 block of Third Street regarding a report of domestic violence. When officers arrived they spoke with a man who said that he and his boyfriend were fighting. He said his boyfriend had been in West Hollywood all evening and was very drunk. He said an argument escalated and the boyfriend bit him on the chest and then hit him over the head with an empty bottle of wine. The suspect then left the location. He was located by officers along the 200 block of Hampton Court in Venice, Calif. He was taken into custody without incident and booked for assault with a deadly weapon. He was identified as Feliciano Felipe Lopez, 22, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $50,000.
Thursday, Aug. 29, at 8:28 p.m.,
Officers responded to a report of a woman refusing to leave Bloomingdale’s. When officers arrived they spoke with the store’s head of security who said the suspect tried to return a fake Tory Burch handbag using an unrelated bar code label and a receipt that did not match the purse or the label. The suspect allegedly tried to return the bag at three different checkout counters in the store. The security guard told officers the suspect did the same thing at the Century City store and received a gift card, which had subsequently been flagged for fraud. The suspect was placed under arrest for burglary. She was identified as Elham Ebrahimi, 41, of Los Angeles. Her bail was set at $20,000.
Thursday, Aug. 29, at 9:35 p.m.,
Officers on patrol along the 1800 block of Santa Monica Boulevard saw a man riding a bike on the sidewalk in violation of the Municipal Code. The officers stopped the cyclist to warn him about the violation. During their conversation, officers said the man exhibited signs that he was possibly under the influence of drugs. When officers questioned him further, he allegedly admitted to being under the influence of MDMA, or ecstasy. He gave the officers his wallet and they found several plastic bags of a white substance resembling cocaine. The suspect said he “forgot” the cocaine was in his wallet, police said. He was placed under arrest for possession of drugs. He was identified as Gustavo Morales, 22, of Los Angeles. Bail was set at $10,000.
Thursday, Aug. 29, at 6:45 p.m.,
Two officers driving an unmarked police car on Lincoln Boulevard at Cedar Street saw a suspect wanted for stealing a Toyota Tacoma pickup walking down the street. Officers placed him under arrest for grand theft auto and burglary. Officers said the suspect, identified as Robert Anthony Munoz, 19, a transient, stole the truck from a subterranean garage of an apartment building on July 28. The owner said he parked his car in the garage, located along the 1400 block of Sixth Street, and when he returned to go to work he found it missing. The next day an officer driving with an automated license plate reader got a hit on a car parked along the 2000 block of Fifth Street. SMPD forensics specialists responded and were able to pull fingerprints from the car. Munoz was identified based on those prints, police said. His bail was set at $50,000.
Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 7 a.m.,
Officers responded to a home located on the 2300 block of Oak Street regarding a family disturbance. A woman told a dispatcher that her son, who she believed was on drugs, was banging on her door. She reported that she was fearful of him. The dispatcher said they heard over the phone the son threatening to strangle the mother. When officers arrived they said they heard sounds of a struggle coming from inside the home. When the woman opened the door she insisted her son be taken to a hospital to be mentally diagnosed. Officers removed her from the home and spoke to the son. He admitted that he and his mother had argued about money that was missing. Officers noticed that a bedroom appeared to have been ransacked. Having probable cause to believe the son had attempted to rob his mother, they placed him under arrest. He was identified as David Saiid Canin, 27, of Santa Monica. No bail was set.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.