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.
Saturday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m.,
Santa Monica police officers at the Public Safety Facility were approached by a man who said he found his adult son’s heroin stash and wanted to turn the drugs in. The father also told officers that his son was tearing up his house looking for the drugs. Officers went to the home and contacted the son, who allegedly admitted to being a heroin user who had recently used. He was arrested and booked for possession of a controlled substance. He was identified as Brian James Deshields, 33, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $10,000.
Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 2:15 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 2400 block of Pico Boulevard — Rite Aid — regarding a shoplifter in custody. When officers arrived, they made contact with store security who said the suspect entered the store and allegedly placed six bottles of tequila in her backpack and then left the store, failing to pay for the booze. Security made contact with the suspect once she was outside of the store and asked her to return the booze. The woman struggled with security and tried to flee. She was detained and later arrested for robbery. She was identified as Krystle Alicia Haylock, 27, of Hollywood. Her bail was set at $50,000.
Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 8:50 p.m.,
Officers were on routine patrol in the 2100 block of Lincoln Boulevard when they saw a man riding a bike on the sidewalk, a violation. Officers tried to make contact with the cyclist to issue a citation and noticed him attempt to covertly drop something on the ground. Officers recovered the object and found that it was a small amount of heroin, police said. A knife disguised as a writing pen was later found in the suspect’s backpack. The suspect was booked for possession of a controlled substance and possession of an illegal deadly weapon. He was identified as Mark McKinney, 53, a transient. His bail was set at $20,000.
Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 3:36 a.m.,
Officers responded to the 1600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard — 7-Eleven — regarding a report of a man who refused to leave the business. When officers arrived, they made contact with the suspect, who was on parole. Officers searched the suspect and allegedly recovered credit cards belonging to another person. Officers placed the suspect under arrest for possession of stolen credit cards. He was identified as Gojel Lemaun Davis, 35, a transient. His bail was set at $20,000.
Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 4:05 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 1200 block of 19th Street — Rite Aid — regarding a report of a robbery that just occurred. When officers arrived, they made contact with store security who said the suspect walked into the store and placed two bottles of booze in his bag and then left the store without paying for the items. Once outside the store, security confronted the suspect and asked him to return the bottles. The suspect refused and a struggled ensued. The suspect was able to get free and ran away from security. Officers reviewed surveillance video and identified the suspect as a local. The suspect was not immediately arrested and the matter was forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for filing, police said.
Friday, Aug. 26, at 7:15 p.m.,
Officers at the Public Safety Facility were confronted by a Santa Monica resident who wanted to warn them about a pending natural disaster. The man also wanted to discuss the current state of professional sports. Officers believed the man was under the influence of a controlled substance and placed him under arrest. Police said the suspect admitted that he had recently ingested cocaine. He was booked for being under the influence. He was identified as David Gruen, 18, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $2,500.
Saturday, Aug. 27, at 6:15 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 1300 block of Second Street regarding a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. When officers arrived, they made contact with the alleged victim who told them that he was drinking a lot of alcohol with the suspect when they began to argue with one another. The suspect accused the victim of being a thief and stabbed him once in the upper chest with a small folding knife, police said. The victim fled from the apartment and waited for police to arrive. The victim was treated by paramedics with the Santa Monica Fire Department and transported to a local hospital in stable condition. Officers located the suspect at his apartment. When officers knocked on the door, they said the suspect opened it and immediately collapsed in a drunken stupor. Officers placed him under arrest and he was transported to a local hospital for extreme alcohol intoxication. The suspect was eventually booked for assault with a deadly weapon. He was identified as John David Haven, 58, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $50,000.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.