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.
Thursday, March 25, at 8:10 p.m.,
Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1500 block of Santa Monica Boulevard — Lexus of Santa Monica — regarding an assault and battery. When officers arrived, they made contact with the alleged victim who said an ex-fiancé came into the dealership. As the woman walked toward him she threw her keys and struck him in the head, police said. The woman cursed at the man and hit him in the head and face with a closed fist. As she pursued the victim, two witnesses stepped in. The woman left the location. She was located a short distance away and placed under arrest for battery on a person with whom they had a dating relationship. She was identified as Jennifer Resnick, 37, of Marina del Rey. Her bail was set at $20,000.
Sunday, March 28, at 2:32 p.m.,
Officers responded to the area of Ocean Park Boulevard and Main Street regarding a report of vandalism. When officers arrived, they made contact with a witness who told them he saw a man write something on three different objects with some type of pen or marker. He provided officers with a description of the suspect, who was located a short distance away. Officers made contact with the suspect and searched him. Officers said they found him to be in possession of two blue paint pens, a credit car and an ID that did not belong to him, along with Xanax. Officers were able to determine that the suspect had written his moniker on a well, electrical box and a drainpipe. Officers said the suspect was in possession of his roommate’s credit card and ID without consent and he did not have a prescription for the Xanax. The suspect, identified as Matthew Scully, 18, of Santa Monica, was arrested for vandalism, possession of a controlled substance, and grand theft. His bail was set at $20,000.
Saturday, March 27, at 6 p.m.,
Officers responded to 1 Pico Blvd. — Shutters on the Beach — regarding an employee in possession of an illegal substance. When officers arrived, they contacted staff who stated that the suspect had found a purse in the ballroom foyer. Money was missing from inside the purse, police said. During a voluntary search of the employee by hotel staff, they found what later turned out to be cocaine and amphetamines in the employee’s possession. Officers placed the employee under arrest for drug possession. He was identified as Ernesto Batres, 41, of Arizona. His bail was set at $10,000.
Friday, March 26, at 2:06 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 300 block of Colorado Avenue — Sears — regarding a burglary suspect in custody. When officers arrived, they made contact with store employees who said the suspect entered the store, removed clothing items valued at $127.94 and placed them in a bag she allegedly had hidden in her jacket pocket and then left the store without paying for the items. The suspect, Sandra Herlinda Mendez-Lopez, 39, of Los Angeles, was detained and brought back into the store. Officers took custody of her and booked her for burglary. Her bail was set at $20,000.
Friday, March 26, at 5:19 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 2900 block of Main Street — Pagilaris Liquor — regarding a fight in progress. When officers arrived, they found the suspect, a female, lying on the ground. The victim, an employee at the store, said the suspect entered, went to a cooler and removed a 20-ounce beer. The suspect then allegedly tried to leave the store without paying. The employee confronted the suspect and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, the beer and Chex Mix fell to the floor. The suspect tried to leave the store as the police arrived. The suspect, Joseline Nowosielski, 26, a transient, was arrested for robbery. Her bail was set at $50,000.
Monday, March 22, at 2 a.m.,
Officers were patrolling the area of 17th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard when they observed an individual involved in vandalism. As officers approached the suspect, he allegedly fled to a waiting car in an alley. Officers were able to detain the suspect, Daniel Galvan, 19, of Santa Monica, and placed him under arrest for vandalism and resisting. His bail was set at $10,000.
Monday, March 22, at 8:56 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 300 block of Colorado Avenue — Sears — regarding an employee in custody for theft. When officers arrived, they made contact with store security who said that they saw the employee bring nine items to the register and only paid for six. When officers contacted the employee, she said that she had been doing this for about two years, police said. She gave officers consent to search for items she had stolen in the past. The suspect was arrested for burglary. She was identified as Claudia Lizama, 30, of Venice. Her bail was set at $20,000.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.