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, Feb. 23, at 7:20 p.m.,
Santa Monica police officers were approached by a man who told them that he had just been the victim of a robbery near Cedar and 11th streets. He said two people, one with a knife, approached him and took his cell phone, money and a credit card. Officers were able to get a description of the suspects and an all-points-bulletin was broadcast. An officer saw two people matching that description and detained them near the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Strand Street. The victim was taken to the area and positively identified the suspects. Officers later learned the suspects had used the credit card to purchase food at a nearby fast food joint and items at a gas station, police said. The two were placed under arrest for robbery. One was a 16-year-old girl from Santa Monica. The other was identified as Raul Solis, 19, of Los Angeles. He was booked for robbery, credit card fraud and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His bail was set at $50,000.
Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 1 a.m.,
Officers were patrolling the area near the 700 block of Navy Street when they saw two people in an alley who appeared to be engaged in some drug activity. Officers rolled up and began questioning them. One of the suspects said they were trying to charge their phone in the alley. Officers got permission to search them and one was found to be in possession of a syringe and methamphetamine. She was placed under arrest for possession. She was identified as Brittany Ingrid Bregel, 29, of the Pacific Palisades. Her bail was set at $10,000.
Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 12:30 a.m.,
Officers responded to McCabe’s Bar & Grill located at 2455 Santa Monica Blvd. regarding a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. When officers arrived they found the suspect being detained outside the bar. The alleged victim told police that another bar patron was angry and began yelling for a reason that wasn’t stated by police. That guy was asked to leave the bar and the alleged victim took it upon himself to escort the guy out. That’s when the suspect swung at him with a small knife, slicing three of his fingers, police said. The suspect was placed under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon. He was identified as Adam Vincent Cabassa, 24, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $30,000.
Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 2:20 a.m.,
A taxi cab driver from Metro Cab walked into the Public Safety Facility to report that he picked up a fare along Main Street and took him to the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Rose Avenue. The customer went into a nearby restaurant, telling the cab driver he would be back with money for the ride. After 10 minutes that guy allegedly didn’t come back, so the driver went into the eatery and the fare said he had lost his wallet and asked the driver to take him back to a bar he had recently visited so he could look for it. The bar was closed by then. The driver convinced the man to go with him to the police station so he could file a report. The guy agreed. The man was booked for defrauding and innkeeper. He was identified as William David Harnett, 51, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $500.
Thursday, Feb. 13, at 10:45 p.m.,
An officer responded to the Goodwill located at 540 Santa Monica Blvd. regarding a report of a burglary. A witness told police the suspect selected several items of clothing and then left without paying for them. She put them into a bag and then rode off on her bike. She returned to the store about 10 to 15 minutes later and was told by the manager that she was not allowed to leave. She picked up two shirts and told the manager she was going to take them, police said. She then walked out and rode away. An officer looked at surveillance footage and recognized the woman. A report was taken and the suspect’s name and description were broadcast to officers. On Feb. 20 at 3:40 p.m. officers on patrol along the 300 block of Santa Monica Boulevard saw the suspect and stopped her for the theft. She was placed under arrest and identified as Julia Anna Spaulding, 51, a transient. Her bail was set at $20,000.
Thursday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 2400 block of Wilshire Boulevard regarding a report of two people fighting with sticks. When officers arrived they found one person was still there, but the other was gone. The one at the scene told police he was sitting on the sidewalk when he was approached by the other guy, who asked for some money. Some words were exchanged, then the suspect hit him on the head with a stick. Officers found someone matching the description of the suspect in an alley east of 24th Street. The man was detained and later identified by the alleged victim. He was found to be in possession of the stick in question. He was placed under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon. He was identified as Herbert Anthony Perez, 63, a transient. His bail was set at $30,000.