Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from the 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, May 30, at 9:27 p.m.

 

Santa Monica patrol officers responded to the rear of  819 Ocean Park Blvd. regarding a homeless subject sleeping with a possible campfire in the alley. Upon arrival officers encountered the subject sitting by a fire placing newspapers in the fire.  The fire was approximately three feet high and located near a wooden fence.  Officers asked the subject to stop stoking the fire with newspapers.  The subject then stood up and ran southbound on Ninth Street toward Ocean Park Boulevard.  A foot pursuit by the officers ensued.  In the 1000 block of Ocean Park Boulevard the suspect stopped and turned toward the officers clenching his fists and assuming a combative posture.  Fearing that the suspect was about to charge them, an officer deployed a Taser and subdued the suspect. The suspect was transported to the Santa Monica Jail and booked for resisting arrest. The suspect was identified a Daniel Joseph Huneke, 41, a transient. Bail was set at $10,000.

 

Saturday, May 31, at 12:50 a.m.

 

A patrol unit’s attention was drawn to the northwest corner of Second Street and Broadway to a male subject leaning against a light pole. The officers asked the subject if he was OK, he responded with profanities.  The officers exited their vehicle to further interview the subject.  They immediately smelled a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.  They could also see that the subject was using the light pole as a prop to keep his balance and was unable to stand on his own due to his level of intoxication.

Due to the observed symptoms and the fact that the subject was in a public place, intoxicated, and unable to care for himself, the officers placed the subject under arrest and transported him to the Santa Monica Jail where he was booked for disorderly conduct and public intoxication. The subject was identified as Alexander Joseph Barret, 23, of Los Angeles. Bail was set at $250.

 

Saturday, May 31, at 2:24 a.m.

Officers responded to a radio call regarding a reckless driver who was possibly driving under the influence in a public parking lot located at 1550 PCH. A Santa Monica harbor guard was able to see the vehicle and noticed the vehicle was being driven in circles at a high rate of speed.  The harbor guard then saw the vehicle being parked in the north end of the parking lot facing northbound.  He drove his city truck behind the suspect vehicle and immediately used his PA system to tell the driver to stay in his vehicle.

Shortly after, officers arrived and made contact with the driver.  While interviewing the driver, officers smelled the odor of alcohol coming from the driver’s breath.  The driver was then asked to exit his vehicle   After performing a series of field sobriety tests officers placed the suspect under arrest for driving under the influence.  The suspect was then transported to the Santa Monica Police Jail for booking. The suspect was identified as Jose Santos Montes, 19, of Los Angeles. Bail was set at $5,000.

 

Saturday, May 31, at 7:30 a.m.

A Santa Monica police officer saw a driver traveling southbound on Ocean Avenue and noticed one of his brake lights was out.  The officer conducted a traffic stop at Colorado Avenue and noticed the odor of marijuana emitting from the car’s interior.  The driver claimed he smoked marijuana in the vehicle the night before, so the officer decided to search him and his vehicle for any contraband. During the search, the officer found a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine in the driver’s jacket along with two small containers of marijuana inside the center console.  The driver was then taken into custody and booked for possession of drug paraphernalia and vehicle code violations. The suspect was identified as Gabino Ayala, 31, of Panorama City. Bail was set at $250.

 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Santa Monica police officers from the Downtown Bike Patrol unit saw a man smoking a cigarette at the 1400 block of Palisades Park, in violation of the Santa Monica Municipal Code.  After talking to the man and obtaining some of his identifying information, the officers did a standard computer check on him.  The search revealed the man had an outstanding no bail warrant for his arrest.  He was then taken into custody and booked at the Santa Monica Jail. The suspect was identified as Thomas Edward Meyer, 57, a transient. No bail was set.

 

daniela@smdp.com

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