Editor‚Äôs note: This report is part of Crime Watch, 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. Crime Watch appears every Friday in the print edition of the Daily Press.
Thursday, Jan. 17, at 9:43 a.m.,
Officers responded to the Jack in the Box located at 2423 Wilshire Boulevard regarding a report of a man who had just broken the doors to the restaurant. When officers arrived they found the suspect about a block away. While trying to detain him, police said the man took a fighting stance and threatened officers, forcing them to use a stun gun. He was handcuffed. Officers spoke with the restaurant‚Äôs employees who said the suspect walked in and began demanding money from customers. He got physical with one and employees told him to leave. If he did so, they promised to bring him food. The suspect left, but then tried to get back in. Employees held the door closed and that‚Äôs when the suspect allegedly grabbed a metal trash can lid and smashed the door. He then challenged people to a fight before walking away. Once at the jail, the suspect allegedly spit in an officer‚Äôs face. He was ultimately treated at a hospital and booked for vandalism, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and a parole violation. He was identified as Delbert Nowlin, 48, a transient. No bail was set.