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, Jan. 26, at 5:05 p.m.,
Santa Monica Police officers responded to the 1800 block of Michigan Avenue regarding a traffic collision involving a pedestrian. When officers arrived they spoke with a witness and the pedestrian, both of whom told police that the driver, who lived at the home, intentionally drove up and hit the pedestrian as they were walking across the driveway. After the collision, the 79-year-old driver got out of the car and walked inside of her home. She was placed under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon. She was identified as Connie Lopez, 79, of Santa Monica. Her bail was set at $30,000.
Sunday, Jan. 26, at 4:30 p.m.,
An officer was on patrol along the 1200 block of Seventh Street when he heard a woman and a man arguing. The officer approached to see what was going on. While talking with the couple, the officer found that the man had an outstanding warrant. He was placed under arrest. The officer searched him and found a set of keys. He also questioned the woman, who had a MacBook Pro laptop and a pair of headphones in a suitcase she was carrying. When questioned, both suspects said they found the computer, headphones and keys in the trash. The officer investigated further and was able to locate the owner of the laptop, who said he was the recent victim of a residential burglary. Both were arrested for possession of stolen property. They were identified as Jonathan Stonedoyl Davidson, 24, and Ajaibu Kootney Wells, 30; both transients. Bail for Davidson was set at $21,455, while bail for Wells was $22,500.
Saturday, Jan. 25, at 12:50 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 3000 block of Lincoln Boulevard — Starbucks — regarding a woman who threw a trash can lid at one of the coffeeshop’s employees. The employee told police that she was on a break when the suspect went behind the counter where only employees are allowed and started to yell and throw stuff. The manager told her to leave. As the woman walked to the exit she picked up a trash can lid and threw it. The lid fell short of the intended target, but hit the stool the employee was sitting on. The suspect walked south into Venice, making enough of a commotion that she was stopped by the LAPD. SMPD officers took custody of the suspect, who was placed under arrest for assault. She was identified as Leticia Hope Ramos, 36, a transient. Her bail was set at $30,000.
Saturday, Jan. 25, at 1:10 a.m.,
Officers were on patrol in the 2600 block of Main Street when they were approached by an employee of the Victorian bar and restaurant who told them that fellow employees were detaining a vandalism suspect further down the street. Officers met with the group and were told that the suspect had broken out a car window in the bar’s parking lot. Prior to that another suspect had challenged an employee to a fight. Officers determined both suspects were drunk. They arrested John Andrew Avendano, 24, of Simi Valley for vandalism and being drunk in public. His bail was set at $500. Jose Manuel Campos Martinez, 23, of Simi Valley was booked for being drunk in public. His bail was set at $250.
Friday, Jan. 24, at 2:25 p.m.,
Officers were on patrol along the 1100 block of Pico Boulevard when they stopped a man for riding his bike on the sidewalk in violation of the municipal code. He told officers that he thought he might be on probation. Officers asked him if he had anything illegal on him. He allegedly said he had “meth.” He was placed under arrest and searched. Officers said they found plastic baggies on him, a digital scale, a hypodermic needle and .23 grams of methamphetamine. The suspect was booked for drug possession and a probation violation. He was identified as Daniel Robert Kroesing, 35, of Los Angeles. No bail was set.
Thursday, Jan. 23,
An officer responded to the Louis Vuitton store at Santa Monica Place regarding a theft. A security guard told the officer that on Jan. 20 employees checked the store’s inventory and determined that three pairs of sunglasses were missing. The guard reviewed footage and said the glasses were stolen by a member of the store’s cleaning crew. The sunglasses were valued at $2,945. On Jan. 24, the suspect came back to work and was taken into custody by police. He was booked for burglary. The suspect was identified as Robert Michael Shaner, 35, of Los Angeles. His bail was set at $20,000.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.