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, June 23, at 8:25 a.m.,
Officers were on patrol along the 2500 block of Pico Boulevard when they saw a man riding his bike on the sidewalk in violation of the Santa Monica Municipal Code. Officers stopped the cyclist and ran his name through their computer. It turned out that the man was on probation for narcotics. He also allegedly told officers that he was in possession of several hydrocodone pills. Officers recovered a pill bottle containing numerous pills. The suspect did not have a prescription for the medications and was placed under arrest. The suspect was booked for possession of a controlled substance and a probation violation. No bail was set. The suspect was identified as Joshua Shelburne, 33, a transient.
Sunday, June 23, at 9:13 a.m.,
Officers responded to the 800 block of 16th Street regarding a burglar alarm that was triggered at an apartment building. When officers arrived they found an apartment with a broken sliding-glass door. While waiting for backup to arrive, a suspect suddenly jumped out of a second-floor window onto the walkway. The suspect was detained at gunpoint by officers while the unit was cleared of any other suspects. During their investigation, the owner of the unit was called and she told officers that the suspect detained was actually a family member who did not have permission to be inside the home. She added that the suspect had substance abuse issues and has committed prior burglaries in the past. The suspect was found with money in his possession that allegedly belonged to the victim. He was placed under arrest for burglary and a probation violation. The suspect was identified as Warren Arden, 31, of Santa Monica. No bail was provided.
Monday, June 24, at 11:53 a.m.,
Officers responded to the 700 block of Colorado Avenue regarding a report of vandalism. When officers arrived they spoke with a witness who said that a man sitting along the west wall of Denny’s restaurant was the culprit and used a large blue marker to write on the wall. The suspect was detained and a large blue marker was found inside his pants pocket, police said. The graffiti was approximately 3 feet long and 2 feet high and read “Chisper & Monica.” The suspect was placed under arrest for vandalism and a probation violation. He was identified as Curtis Perkins, 53, a transient. His bail was set at $10,000.
Saturday, June 29, at 12:53 a.m.,
Officers on foot patrol along Main Street were flagged down by security for Main on Main, a lounge and dance club, regarding a theft. The guard told officers that he saw two women working together to steal purses inside the club. The guard noticed them when one of the women took a purse from a couch and walked outside. As they watched the suspect, she allegedly walked over to a BMW and put the purse in the trunk. The second woman was not located during the investigation, but two men who were with the ladies were and officers placed them under arrest. The female suspect told officers while in custody that she would give all the stolen property back. In all, officers recovered five phones and two purses, along with $800 in cash. Several people said they had cash stolen from their purses that they left sitting on chairs or tables inside the club. The female suspect, identified as Jasmine Bell, 20, of Los Angeles, was booked for grand theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy. Her bail was set at $20,000. Bruce Devereaux, 22, and Omar Rankins, 22, both from Los Angeles, were booked on the same charges.
Tuesday, June 25, at 11:57 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 1500 block of Olympic Boulevard on the report of a man armed with a gun. When officers arrived they spoke to a man who said he parked on 16th Street at Olympic Boulevard and fell asleep in his car as he was out of work and had nowhere else to go. About 50 minutes later he told police that he was awakened by a man pounding on his window. The man said he worked for the nearby Buffalo Club and that the owner of the car had parked on private property. He asked the man to move his car, but he refused as he said he was parked on a public street. That’s when the Buffalo Club employee allegedly produced what the car owner thought was a gun, but later turned out to be a 14-inch chrome pipe. The man with the pipe was placed under arrest for exhibiting a deadly weapon. He was identified as Sergio Gutierrez, 46, of Venice, Calif. His bail was set at $25,000.
Thursday, June 27, at 6:55 p.m.,
Officers received a radio call regarding a woman wearing only a T-shirt jumping onto cars and causing a traffic hazard. When officers arrived they were directed to the parking lot at Ralphs on Cloverfield and Olympic boulevards where one woman told officers that the suspect damaged her car by jumping on it. She pointed out the suspect, who was walking around the north doors of the market and was nude from the waist down. She was placed in handcuffs and escorted to the back of a patrol car to conceal her from public view. Officers said the woman was drunk, walked into an intersection and began standing on the hoods of cars while exposing herself. She broke one woman’s windshield wipers in the process. Officers placed the suspect under arrest for public intoxication and a probation violation. She was identified as Kendra Croad, 34, a transient. Her bail was set at $10,000.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.