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, April 4, 1:32 p.m.
Officers saw a man sitting in the gazebo at Crescent Bay Park (2000 block of Ocean Avenue), drinking from a 32 oz. glass bottle of beer. Officers detained the man for a municipal code violation. The male presented officers a California driver’s license, however the person on the card did not appear to be the person they had stopped. When questioned about the information on the card, the man provided a different birthdate and he could not remember his exact address. While searching through the man’s wallet, officers discovered several other identification cards in other peoples’ names. The officers believed the man was providing false information and they were not able to verify his identity. The man was placed under arrest for the violation. During the arrest search, officers located a cylindrical glass pipe, commonly used to smoke narcotics, concealed in his waistband. Later, at the jail, his fingerprints revealed his true identity, and showed he had a no bail warrant from the Los Angeles Police Department.
The suspect was identified as Alfonso Flores, 30, of Culver City. No bail was provided.
Friday, April 4, 8:46 p.m.
A patrol officer was driving in the 300 block of Broadway when he saw a man crossing the street outside of the marked crosswalk and in violation of jaywalking. The officer contacted the pedestrian for the violation. During the officer’s contact, the violator showed indicators of being under the influence of a drug. The man was unable to sit still, shaking his hands and feet, rubbing his legs and arms, as he was licking and smacking his lips. Based on the indicators the officer observed, he conducted a drug influence evaluation test on the man. At the conclusion of the test, the officer formed the opinion that he was under the influence of a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. The man was placed under arrest, and transported to the jail for further tests. He was identified as Sales Math, 29, of Los Angeles. His bail was set at $10,000.
Saturday, April 5, 12:49 a.m.
Officers were dispatched to the beach parking lot north of the Santa Monica Pier regarding an assault investigation. Officers arrived and met with a female victim of the assault. She told officers that her on-and-off boyfriend had assaulted her in the past and therefore she obtained a temporary restraining order against him. On this date, the female came to the beach with another male friend and they both sat on the sand in the 1400 block of the beach. The on-and-off boyfriend walked up to both and was angry that the victim was with another man, which turned into a fight. After the fight, the suspect walked away and made reference to getting a gun. All three met up again in the parking lot when the suspect pulled the female victim’s hair and punched her in the face. The suspect eventually left the lot in his vehicle and as he did, the victim said that he intentionally revved his engine and speed up toward her in an attempt to strike her. She was able to run behind a parked car to avoid his vehicle. The vehicle then fled the scene. Assisting officers were able to locate the suspect’s vehicle and made a traffic stop in the 3400 block of Pico Boulevard. The victim and witnesses responded and positively identified the male as the suspect. The suspect was on probation and had prior weapon and assault charges.
He was identified as Steve Valez, 28, of Boyle Heights. No bail was set.