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, June 21, at 1:13 p.m.,
Santa Monica police officers responded to Douglas Park located at 2439 Wilshire Blvd. regarding a report of a suspect urinating in public. When officers arrived, they contacted a witness who said that he was in the park when he saw the suspect walk up to a tree, expose his penis and then pee on the tree. He added that when the suspect finished, he turned completely around, still exposing himself. The witness added that there was a mother with her two small children in the immediate area who saw the suspect as well. The suspect was identified and placed under arrest for indecent exposure and possession of an open container of alcohol, plus a warrant. He was identified as Curtis Amaker, 48, a transient. His bail was set at $10,000.
Monday, June 17, at 5:52 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 1200 block of the Third Street Promenade — Club Monaco — regarding a report of a theft that just occurred. When officers arrived they spoke with the store manager who said that the suspect was in the store near where purses are sold. The suspect then left the store and triggered the alarm. The manager said they saw the suspect carrying a tote bag as she ran into Restoration Hardware. She was also seen walking into DB Shoes as well. Officers located the suspect on the promenade and detained her. They searched her tote bag and said they found stolen property from at least five stores. The total value of the goods recovered was in excess of $500. Police placed the suspect under arrest after confirming that she did not make any purchases from Club Monaco, Clarks Shoes, Sephora, Steve Madden and Madewell. The suspect was booked for burglary and identified as Lenka Svaby, 34, of Santa Monica. Her bail was set at $20,000.
Monday, June 17, at 7:09 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 1500 block of Second Street — McDonald’s — regarding a report of an assault. When officers arrived they spoke with a McDonald’s employee and a witness who said that the suspect, who was detained by officers at the restaurant, had for no reason struck the employee on the side of the head with a glass cup. The suspect then allegedly threatened the witness and proceed to sit down on the planter box until officers arrived. The suspect was placed under arrest for battery and a probation violation. The suspect was identified as Eddie Martin, 37, a transient. No bail was set.
Wednesday, June 19, at 1:50 p.m.,
Officers received a radio call regarding someone chasing a man westbound from Neilson Way and Strand Street after he was seen committing some form of vandalism. The man chasing the suspect worked at a business in the 2400 block of Main Street. He was returning to work when he said he saw the suspect standing and facing a wall in a parking garage. As he approached, the suspect walked away. The witness then said he noticed the wall had been spray painted. When the witness went to confront the suspect, he ran. He was eventually detained in a beach parking lot by police. The suspect was placed under arrest and booked for vandalism. He was identified as Alfonso Adrian, 23, of Los Angeles. His bail was set at $500.
Wednesday, June 19, at 8:24 p.m.,
Officers were on patrol along the 700 block of Montana Avenue when they saw a blue Chevy Tahoe with one of its brake lights out. Officers pulled the driver over and he was found to have a suspended license. During a search of his vehicle, police said they found a pipe used to smoke narcotics. The suspect was placed under arrest for possession of a methamphetamine pipe, driving on a suspended license and failure to maintain lighting equipment. The suspect was identified as Erik Gonzalez, 21, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $300.
Thursday, June 20, at 5:45 p.m.,
Officers were on patrol along the 1100 block of Michigan Avenue when they saw a man riding his bike on the sidewalk in violation of the Santa Monica Municipal Code. As officers pulled out in front of the biker, one officer got out of the car and stood on the sidewalk in full uniform as she requested the cyclist to stop. The rider allegedly refused and rode past the officer. He continued to ride eastbound on 14th Street and then turned westbound. As officers caught up to him, he turned around again and fled. Once on the 1300 block of Michigan Avenue the cyclist jumped off his bike and began running. He finally gave up and was taken into custody. The suspect was booked for resisting arrest. Officers learned that he also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The suspect was identified as Trevor Egbert, 37, a transient. No bail was set.
Saturday, June 22, at 12:40 p.m.,
Officers responded to Clover Park on the report of vandalism. When officers arrived they found the suspect sitting across from the park with a baseball bat sticking out of a duffle bag. Police were told that the suspect was seen hitting a sign with the bat. Officers detained the suspect and spoke with witnesses who said they were walking along a path in the park when they approached the suspect, who was sitting on a bench holding the bat. As they got within 10 feet of the suspect, he allegedly raised the bat over his head and appeared to yell at them. The suspect then stood up and struck a nearby sign, causing it to break. The suspect was arrested and booked for exhibiting a deadly weapon. He was identified as Gregory Gordon, 49, a transient. His bail was set at $25,000.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.