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.
Saturday, May 3
Santa Monica officers were called to the Rite Aid pharmacy on the 2400 block of Pico Boulevard for a report of graffiti. According to the SMPD, a customer notified an employee of a man writing graffiti on the side of the building at about 10:30 p.m. The employee confronted the suspect who was painting six-foot tall letters along the entire 150-foot wall. The suspect refused to stop painting but the employee noticed a white Toyota sedan parked adjacent to the scene. The employee called police and then saw the car make a U-turn across traffic where the suspect exited the vehicle and began painting the wall of another business. The car had left the scene by the time officers arrived but a search of the area located the car at Frank Street and Virginia Avenue. Officers detained the suspect, who had black paint on his clothing and on one of his hands.¬† Officers also found cans of spray paint inside the car and similar graffiti in the neighborhood.¬† After the employee identified the suspect as the man she saw spray-painting the walls, officers took the suspect into custody and booked him in the Santa Monica Jail for felony vandalism.¬† Since the graffiti was gang related, the suspect was also charged with a gang enhancement. The suspect was identified as Ivan Jauregui, 30, of Los Angeles. Bail was set at bail $40,000.
Saturday, May 3
At about 4:15 p.m. a police officer stopped a vehicle on Ninth street for a cracked windshield. The officer learned the driver had a suspended license and after asking the driver to exit the vehicle, the offer conducted a search that resulted in the discovery of a small aluminum foil bindle inside the center console. The foil contained two pieces of what appeared to be black tar heroin.¬† A test later confirmed the substance was heroin. The driver was then taken into custody and booked for possession of opiates, as well as a violation of his probation. The car was impounded and placed on a 30-day hold. The suspect was identified as Ryan Keith McNeese of Culver City, 30. Bail was set at $10,000.
Friday, May 2
Officers from the Downtown Bike Patrol were out and about at about 2:45 p.m. when they recognized a suspect sitting on the 1300 block of Third Street.¬† The officers stopped to do a routine parole check on him.¬† A computer check revealed the suspect had an outstanding no-bail warrant for his arrest and also showed he was required to register as a sex offender with the nearest police agency every 30 days, since he is homeless. The suspect had not registered with any police agency since Feb. 28 2013. The suspect was then taken into custody for the warrant and for being in violation of his parole. The suspect was identified as Alonzo Leon Riley, homeless, 40. No bail was set.
Friday, May 2
A police officer saw a man walking in an alley at the 1400 block of 14th Street. When the man noticed the officer, the suspect quickly walked over to the rear of a nearby apartment building. The officer contacted the suspect and asked to see his identification. When the officer ran the suspect‚Äôs name through the police computer, he learned the suspect had an outstanding Santa Monica arrest warrant.¬† As the officer began to place handcuffs on the suspect, the suspect said, “I have a couple of hits of cocaine in my pocket.”¬† The officer then searched the man and found a glass pipe in one of his pockets and a baggie containing rock cocaine in his other pocket.¬† The suspect was then booked for possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. The suspect was identified as Brian E Bailey, 51 of Santa Monica. Bail was set at $11,500.
Thursday, May 1
At approximately 6:30 a.m., officers from the Homeless Liaison Program were patrolling the 1800 block of Alley Seven and saw a suspect sleeping on a rug behind the SleepNAire Mattress Store at 1812 Lincoln Blvd.¬† The officers recognized the suspect from prior contacts and knew she had been served with a court issued stay away order, which said she was not to be within 100 yards of the area. When the officers woke the suspect up and asked her why she was sleeping there, the suspect refused to answer them and appeared to be unconcerned about violating the court order.¬† She was then taken into custody and booked. The suspect was identified as Hidi Lee Tibe, 43, homeless. A citation was issued.
Wednesday, April 30
A man and his girlfriend were crossing Arizona Avenue at its intersection with the Third Street Promenade when they noticed a man on the corner talking to himself. After walking a little further, the victim felt someone kick him in the middle of his back.¬† When the victim turned around, he saw it was the man he had seen talking to himself. The suspect then yelled obscenities at the victim and took a fighting stance.¬† The victim grabbed the suspect and forced him down to the ground, but let go after he saw an officer driving by on Santa Monica Boulevard.¬† The victim then flagged the officer down and told him what happened. As the victim was speaking to the officer, the suspect tried to walk away northbound on the promenade and then westbound on Arizona Avenue.¬† The officer was able to catch up to the suspect and took him into custody without incident.¬† A search through the police computer showed the suspect was on probation for elder abuse.¬† The suspect was then booked for assault and battery, as well as a probation violation. The suspect was identified as Luke Immanuel Schoedel, 36, of Los Angeles. Bail was set at $20,000.