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, Jan. 31, at 3:50 a.m.
Officers responded to the Pavilion’s Motel at 2338 Ocean Park Blvd. regarding a report of domestic violence. When officers arrived they heard a female yelling inside of one of the rooms and a male asking her to calm down. When officers contacted the occupants they found a drunk, naked woman inside and determined that no assault had occurred. Having no crime, the officers were about to leave when the woman went inside the bathroom, closed the door, and jumped out of the bathroom window. Officers found her in the alley behind the hotel. She was half-dressed at this point, trying to stumble away, and they arrested her for being drunk in public. While in the police car, she kicked out and broke a video camera in the back seat. The suspect was identified as Shelly Nikita James, 36. She refused to provide an address. Her bail was set at $20,000. She was also charged with vandalism.
Sunday, Feb. 2, at 5:30 p.m.
Santa Monica police officers stopped a car at 12th Street and Wilshire Boulevard for a vehicle code violation. During the stop the passenger was asked to exit the vehicle and asked if he would comply to a search. The passenger complied and the officer found hashish in his pocket. The suspect was arrested for possession of concentrated cannabis. He was identified as Omar Hernandez, 18, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $10,000.
Sunday, Feb. 2, at 7:20 p.m.
Officers contacted a person sitting outside of the 7-Eleven at 630 Wilshire Blvd. While talking to him they asked him if they could search him for weapons since he was wearing several layers of heavy clothing. The person complied. As the officer conducted the search, he felt a hard object in the person’s pocket. The person told the officer that it was a pipe used to smoke meth. The officer also found the person to be under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant. The suspect was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was identified as John Peter Sgorrano, 20, a transient. His bail was set at $2,500.
Saturday, Feb. 1, at 1:45 p.m.
Officers responded to a residence in the 1400 block of Seventh Street regarding a man leaving an apartment with a gun in his waistband. Officers responded to the residence to check for the suspect and while they were there they obtained consent to search the residence for any weapons. During the search of the residence they saw drug paraphernalia and heroin in plain view. One occupant was arrested for being under the influence of a drug and charges are being sought on another occupant for possession of the heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. The suspect was identified as David Allen Blanck, 26, of Moorpark. His bail was set at $2,500.
Saturday, Feb. 1, at 5:30 a.m.
Officers responded to a residence in the 1900 block of Euclid Street regarding a fight that had just occurred between a couple. The girlfriend told police officers that she pushed her boyfriend because she was upset with him. Officers noticed swelling of the boyfriend’s lip and dried blood on his face. The girlfriend was arrested for domestic violence. She was identified as Cynthia Monica Laskowski, 28, of Santa Monica. Her bail was set at $20,000.
Friday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m.
Officers responded to the Rite Aid store at 1331 Wilshire Blvd. regarding a shoplifting suspect being held there by store security. As the officers responded the suspect became uncooperative and left the store, followed by store security agents. A responding officer caught up to and stopped the suspect in the 1100 block of Wilshire Boulevard. The officers talked to the store’s security agents who told them that the suspect entered the store, took items, and walked out without paying for them. As he did this, store personnel attempted to stop him. The suspect ignored the employees’ efforts and walked away carrying merchandise that the store estimated at a value of $34.76. Officers also developed information that led them to believe that the suspect entered the store with the intent on stealing, which is considered a burglary. The suspect was identified as David Eugene Hamilton, 22. He refused to give officers an address. His bail was set at $20,000.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.