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, June 20, at 2 a.m.,
Santa Monica police officers responded to the intersection of the Third Street Promenade and Broadway regarding a report of a fight in progress. When officers arrived, they made contact with the alleged victim who told officers that he saw two men take items from his delivery truck, which was parked at the intersection. The driver of the truck said he saw the men go to the rear of the truck and walk away with several gallons of green tea yogurt. When the driver confronted the suspects, both began hitting him, police said. The driver defended himself, striking one of the suspects in the face with his fist. The driver then ran, fearing for his safety. One of the suspects allegedly followed the driver, continuing to hit him. Two bystanders jumped in to help the driver, stopping the suspect from choking him, police said. Officers arrested the two suspects, who were identified as James Cox, 23, and Jose Olmos, 28, of Los Angeles. Cox was booked for assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, vandalism and robbery. Olmos was booked for robbery. Bail was set at $50,000.
Friday, June 19, at 11:30 p.m.,
Officers stopped a bicyclist in the 2000 block of Pico Boulevard for allegedly riding without a headlight, a violation of the vehicle code. As officers spoke with the bike rider, he told the officers that he was in possession of “weed,” police said. The rider gave officers his consent to be searched, and officers found several plastic baggies containing marijuana. The suspect was arrested and booked for possession of marijuana for sale and riding a bicycle without a front light. He was identified as Christopher Forrest, 22, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $20,000.
Friday, June 19, at 12:40 a.m.,
Officers responded to the area of Seventh Street and Broadway regarding a report of a suspicious person in the area. Officers made contact with the reporting party and another witness who said they saw someone standing near a Volkswagen Jetta when the car’s alarm was activated. One of the two said they actually saw the person exit the Jetta. Officers were able to detain the suspect. Further investigation revealed the suspect used a large rock to break the driver’s side window, police said. The suspect, Jeromy Kingsbury, 27, of Santa Monica was booked for burglary. His bail was set at $20,000.
Friday, June 19, at 8:52 p.m.,
An off-duty police officer saw three individuals involved in a verbal confrontation. One of the three ran across the street and jumped on the roof of a parked car. The man then proceeded to jump up and down on top of the car, causing extensive damage to the roof, police said. The off-duty officer called for back up. When officers arrived, they made contact with the three men and were able to determine that the two confronted the other about an earlier assault. It appeared to officers that the man jumping on the roof of the car had punched the girlfriend of one of the other men. The suspect who damaged the car was placed under arrest for felony vandalism, felony battery and a probation violation. His bail was set at $50,000.
Thursday, June 18, at 1:07 a.m.,
Officers responded to the 3100 block of Wilshire Boulevard regarding a report of a fight in progress. When officers arrived, they found a man who was unconscious in front of the SOUTH bar. Officers spoke with employees at the bar/restaurant who said the man had been asked to leave because of his unruly behavior. The man allegedly tried to reenter the bar several times. On the last attempt, the suspect attempted to assault one of the employees, police said. The employee was able to confine the suspect until police arrived. Officers determined the suspect was drunk and placed him under arrest for public intoxication. During a search, officers recovered what they believed to be drugs in his front pocket. The suspect was booked for possession of a controlled substance and for being drunk in public. He was identified as Scott Livingston, 48, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $10,000.
Thursday, June 18, at 6:40 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 1300 block of the Third Street Promenade — Diesel — regarding a shoplifting suspect in custody. Officers said they learned from a store employee that the suspect entered a dressing room and removed the security tag from some items and then placed them in a purse. The suspect then allegedly walked outside of the store, failing to pay for the items. Once outside, an employee confronted the suspect and found a pair of jeans and a sweat suit from another store inside the purse. Officers went to the other store — Puma — and were able to determine that the suspect had taken the sweat suit without paying for it. The woman was arrested and booked for burglary. She was identified as Ekaterina Kazak, 20, from Russia. Her bail was set at $20,000. The items were valued at $337.
Tuesday, June 16, at 2:55 p.m.,
Officers were flagged down in the 1200 block of the Third Street Promenade regarding an employee from Sephora chasing a shoplifter. Officers ran after the employee and made contact in the 300 block of Arizona Avenue. The employee pointed to the suspect and said he had stolen some cologne from the store valued at $77. The employee told officers that she tried to stop the suspect from leaving the store with the cologne, but he allegedly became confrontational. Officers stopped the suspect and were able to determine he had stolen items from inside the store. The suspect was arrested for robbery, burglary and petty theft with a prior. He was identified as Reginald Green, 34, from Long Beach. No bail was set.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports. firstname.lastname@example.org