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.
Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 11:36 a.m.,
Santa Monica police officers responded to the 700 block of Broadway — Vons — regarding an alleged assault. Officers spoke with a female employee at the grocery store who said she was working a register when the suspect approached her with a bottle of wine. She took the bottle and began to scan it while the suspect stood about 3 to 4 inches from her, making her feel uncomfortable. After she completed the transaction, she turned to another customer. That’s when she said she felt someone slap her rear end. She turned and saw the suspect. Responding officers were given a description of the suspect and found him across the street from Vons along the 1500 block of Lincoln Boulevard. He was detained and positively identified by the alleged victim. The suspect was placed under arrest for sexual battery. He was identified as Archie Nathaniel Johnson, 50, a transient. His bail was set at $20,000.
Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 3:40 p.m.,
Officers working the Downtown bicycle patrol saw a man walking along the 1300 block of Court 3 in violation of a restraining order. He was ordered to not set foot in Downtown. When officers questioned the man, he allegedly became belligerent. He was placed under arrest for the restraining order and charged with contempt. He was identified as Daniel John Kuhn, 45, a transient. His bail was set at $5,000.
Monday, Sept. 30, at 6:50 p.m.,
Officers responded to the restaurant Redwood Grille at Santa Monica Place regarding a patron who was refusing to pay her bill. The suspect entered the restaurant and ordered lobster tacos and a beer, valued at $18.34. The diner ate and then left. She was detained by restaurant staff until police arrived. She was placed under citizen’s arrest for the theft and a probation violation. A stay-away order was requested, barring her from Santa Monica Place. She was identified by police as Rachel Lindsey Szpunar, 33, of Albuquerque, N.M. Her bail was set at $10,000.
Friday, Sept. 27, at 10:03 p.m.,
Officers booked a suspect wanted for burglarizing his parents’ home. The crime allegedly occurred sometime in September when the parents were on vacation while their home, located on the 700 block of 12th Street, was being remodeled. When they left they instructed the foreman to not let their adult son into the house because he had a drug addiction and was a thief. The foreman called the residents and informed them that the son had made his way into the home. A report was filed on Sept. 16 with the Santa Monica Police Department. The parents told officers that several items were missing, including a debit card. Approximately $7,000 had been charged on the card without their knowledge. No one saw who perpetrated the crime, however, the parents were sure it was their son. Detectives were able to generate some leads and identified the son as the suspect. When officers caught up with him they said they found items from the home in his possession, along with .26 grams of methamphetamine and several syringes. The suspect was placed under arrest for burglary, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, giving false information to a police officer, possession of burglary tools and a parole violation. He was identified as Kevin Fitzgerald O’Donnell, 34, of Los Angeles. No bail was set.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.