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.
Monday, April 13, at 9:09 a.m.,
Officers responded to the corner of Longfellow and Ozone streets regarding a report of drug dealing. When officers arrived, they observed a man partake in a hand-to-hand transaction with a man in a car. Officers detained the pedestrian for allegedly purchasing heroin, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers also detained the driver and discovered he was in possession of 14 balloons of heroin, which were packaged for sale, police said. The driver was identified as Jose Felix Perez, 43, of Inglewood. He was booked for possession of heroin for sale, transporting heroin, selling narcotics within 1,000 yards of a park and driving without a license. No bail was set. The pedestrian was identified as Julian Miles Johnson, 21, from Venice. His bail was set at $35,000.
Sunday, April 19, at 4:23 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 700 block of Broadway — Vons — regarding a report of a theft. When officers arrived, Vons security told them that they observed a man steal $142.78 worth of batteries and deodorant. The man allegedly placed the items in bags and then left the store without paying for them. Officers spoke with the suspect and determined he entered the store with the intent to steal. He was booked for commercial burglary, theft with a prior conviction and violation of parole. He was identified as Benjamin Dwain Williams, 50, a transient.
Saturday, April 18, at 3:38 a.m.,
An officer on patrol near the corner of Ocean and Bicknell avenues observed a vehicle allegedly being driven without its headlights on that struck several orange traffic delineators. The officers stopped the vehicle and had the driver perform a series of field sobriety tests. Officers believed the driver was intoxicated and placed her under arrest for DUI. She was identified as Keecher Keiana Durr, 29, of Santa Monica. Her bail was set at $25,000.
Friday, April 17, at 1:58 a.m.,
Officers responded to the 1800 block of Euclid Street regarding a report of a suspicious man knocking on a resident’s door. Officers made contact with the man and noticed that he was drunk, police said. He was placed under arrest and transported to jail where officers discovered that he allegedly tossed a baggy containing three ecstasy pills on the back seat of the police cruiser. The suspect was booked for public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance. He was identified as Steven Michael Toomey, 31, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $2,000.
Friday, April 17, at 3:35 a.m.,
An officer on patrol in the 700 block of Santa Monica Boulevard observed a shredded tire in the middle of the street. The officer followed traces of debris to a nearby gas station where he saw a vehicle up on jacks with a spare tire next to it. The officer made contact with the driver and noticed that he appeared impaired. The officer conducted a field sobriety test and determined the man was under the influence and had been driving while intoxicated. The suspect was arrested for DUI. He was identified as Roberto German Osorio, 26, of Los Angeles. His bail was set at $15,000.
Thursday, April 16, at 2:54 a.m.,
Officers responded to the 2600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard regarding a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. When officers arrived, they made contact with a man who said his roommate attempted to stab him with a knife after he asked her to quiet down. Officers recovered the knife and placed the roommate under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon. She was identified as Elizabeth Kathleen McKeana, 45, of Santa Monica. Her bail was set at $30,000.
Wednesday, April 15, at 7:51 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 1200 block of the Third Street Promenade — American Apparel — regarding a report of a theft. When officers arrived, they made contact with store security who told them two guys in the store were loading up bags with merchandise. The guard said the two had stolen from the store in the past. Officers watched as the two walked out of the store with the bags. Officers placed them under arrest for commercial burglary. The first suspect was identified as Brian Phillips, 22, a transient, who was also booked for violation of probation and four outstanding warrants. His bail was set at $25,640. The second suspect was a 15-year-old juvenile from Los Angeles. Officers said the pair were in possession of $1,680 worth of clothing items from the store.
Editor in Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.