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.
Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 11 p.m.,
Santa Monica police officers working the front desk of the Public Safety Facility were approached by a 73-year-old man who said he had been assaulted by his son earlier that day. He said his son, who lives with him, became enraged when he was asked to get rid of numerous bags filled with recyclables. The son allegedly pulled out a 3-inch folding knife and threatened his father. Then the son put the knife away and grabbed his father by the neck and allegedly started choking him. The dad was so frightened that he went to police to have his son arrested. The following day police showed up at the home to check on the father. They met with the son in the alley, who told police that he did grab his father’s neck, police said. Based on that, officers placed the son under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse. He was identified as Richard Martin, 41, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $50,000.
Sunday, Aug. 11 at 12:25 p.m.,
An officer on patrol saw a woman standing in front of a store on the Third Street Promenade who was ordered by a court to stay away from the shopping district. The officer approached the woman to advise her that she was in violation of the court order. She allegedly refused to listen and walked away from the officer. Police said the woman eventually became aggressive and tried striking the officer in the face. After a brief struggle the officer was able to handcuff her and place her in the backseat of his patrol car. She was then transported to the Santa Monica Jail and booked for battery, resisting arrest, violating a court order and a probation violation. She was identified as Kinda Aleid, 38, a transient. Her bail was set at $35,000.
Saturday, Aug. 10, at 12:10 p.m.,
Officers responded to a store located on the 200 block of Broadway regarding a suspected shoplifter in custody. When officers arrived they made contact with the store’s security guard, who said that he watched the suspect on the store’s security cameras take a bracelet and place it in his shopping bag before leaving the store without offering to pay for it. A few minutes later he returned and took a pair of earrings and walked out with them. Security detained the suspect and showed officers the security footage. Based on the evidence, officers took the suspect into custody and he was booked for burglary. He was identified as Hamza Shogdar, 24, of Hollywood. His bail was set at $20,000.
Friday, Aug. 9, at 9:30 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 300 block of Colorado Avenue regarding a report of a woman who allegedly tried to use four bogus gift cards to make purchases. When officers arrived they spoke with store employees who said they noticed some irregularities with the gift cards when the suspect reached the register. Security then detained the woman until police arrived. At that time a man tried to make purchases with bogus cards as well, police said. He too was detained. After questioning the suspects and comparing all of the gift cards’ numbers and print alterations, officers believed that both suspects were somehow working together. The female suspect eventually admitted that her original story explaining how she got the cards was a lie and that she knew the cards were fake. Both suspects were arrested and booked for burglary and use of a forged access card. They were identified as Jazmin Alejandro Lopez, 21, and Eduardo Gomez, 19; both from Los Angeles. Bail was set at $20,000 each.
Friday, Aug. 9, at 4:20 p.m.,
Officers responded to the corner of Fourth Street and Wilshire Boulevard regarding a suspicious person trying to open car doors. As the patrol unit arrived on scene officers saw a man matching the suspect’s description. As officers approached they saw the suspect drop a clear plastic bag into a nearby flower planter. Officers asked the man if he was under the influence of drugs. He allegedly said yes and admitted to having methamphetamine and marijuana in his system. Officers found the bag, which contained a white crystalline substance and two pills. The plastic bag was found about 2 feet behind where the suspect was sitting when officers arrived. The suspect denied the bag was his. Another bag with drugs inside was found just several inches away from the first one. Officers examined the suspect and determined he was under the influence. He was placed under arrest and booked for possession of narcotics and for allegedly being high. He was identified as William Lee Wallace, Jr., 44, of Inglewood, Calif. His bail was set at $10,000.
Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 11:35 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 100 block of Adelaide Drive regarding a “hot prowl” call. The person who called police said a man walked into their house and asked them if their parents were home and then left. When officers arrived they found a man matching the suspect’s description walking just a few blocks away from the house. Officers detained him and searched him. They said they found a pair of women’s sunglasses and a set of car keys to a Honda. The caller showed up at the scene, positively identified the suspect and confirmed that the set of car keys were to his father’s car. Police placed the suspect under arrest for burglary. He was identified as Brian Kimbrough, 48, a transient. His bail was set at $50,000.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.