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.
Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 4:04 p.m.,
Santa Monica police officers responded to the 700 block of Wilshire Boulevard — Baja Fresh — regarding a woman who walked into the restaurant and defecated on the floor. Officers located the suspect in the 1200 block of Court Six and started to interview her when she allegedly began cursing at officers and attempted to punch one in the face. The suspect was restrained against a patrol vehicle, at which time she allegedly reached up and grabbed hold of a windshield wiper and bent it. The suspect was taken to the ground and handcuffed. The management at Baja Fresh did not want to press charges. But the officers did. They booked her for assaulting an officer, vandalism, placing dump waste in a public place, public intoxication and a parole violation. The suspect was identified as Cynthia Cantrell, 47, a transient. No bail was set.
Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11:29 p.m.,
Officers were on routine patrol in the 2000 block of Lincoln Boulevard when they spotted a man riding a bicycle on the sidewalk in violation of the Municipal Code. Officers made contact with the suspect to issue a citation and during their conversation with him learned that he was on probation for drug possession. Officers conducted a consensual search and said they found rock cocaine and a glass smoking pipe from inside the suspect’s backpack. The suspect was placed under arrest for possession and transported to the Santa Monica Jail to be booked. During the booking process, police said they found more rock cocaine inside one of the suspect’s pockets. He was eventually booked for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, bringing drugs into a jail and a probation violation. He was identified as Curtis Perkins, 52, of Santa Monica. No bail was set.
Friday, Dec. 2, at 3:28 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 1200 block of the Third Street Promenade — Banana Republic — regarding a suspected shoplifter in custody. When officers arrived, they made contact with store security who said that the suspect, whom they recognized from prior thefts, walked into the store and began looking at various items. He then selected a pair of sunglasses and a neck tie and allegedly concealed them in a satchel he was carrying. He then selected and paid for a pair of earrings using a credit card. He then left the store, failing to pay for the other items, police said. He was detained until police arrived. While being interviewed by police, the suspect lied about his true identity, officers said. The suspect’s identification was later found behind a chair he was sitting in while being interviewed in one of the store’s offices. The suspect was placed under arrest and booked for burglary and providing false information to a police officer. He was identified as Garrison Scott Key, 54, of Venice, Calif. His bail was set at $20,000.
Friday, Dec. 2, at 11:20 a.m.,
Officers responded to the 900 block of Sixth Street regarding a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. Police said two people were riding on a Big Blue Bus when they started arguing with each other. The argument turned physical, police said, with one suspect allegedly using a guitar to hit the other. Police said one of the suspects allegedly drew a knife in retaliation. Both suspects eventually got off the bus at Seventh Street and Montana Avenue and continued arguing. They were eventually arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. The suspects were identified as Amber Smith, 41, and Andrew Rawn, 49; both from Los Angeles. Smith was also booked for carrying a concealed dirk or dagger and a probation violation. No bail was set. Rawn was also booked for battery on a person. His bail was set at $30,000.
Thursday, Dec. 1, at 5 a.m.,
Officers served a search warrant at a home in Compton, Calif. as part of an investigation regarding a home invasion robbery that took place on the 1000 block of Berkeley Street on the afternoon of Oct. 28. Officers placed under arrest Craig Simpson, 42, for robbery. His bail was set at $50,000. Police said a housekeeper answered the front door of the home on Berkeley Street and was confronted by at least two men. They forced their way inside the home. One held the housekeeper down on the ground while the other ransacked the home. The housekeeper was tied up and the suspects fled with around $30,000 to $40,000 in cash and jewelry. Detectives continue to investigate the robbery.
Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7:04 p.m.,
Officers were on routine patrol in the 1900 block of Pico Boulevard when they observed an older model Oldsmobile sedan moving at a considerably slower speed than the rest of traffic. Officers said the driver made an unsafe turn onto Euclid Street so they conducted a traffic stop to investigate. They said the driver was extremely nervous and could not locate any paperwork for the vehicle. It was determined that the driver had a suspended driver’s license. The driver said he had the proper paperwork in his trunk. While searching for it, officers said they saw drug paraphernalia in plain sight. Officers searched the suspect and recovered crack cocaine and a glass pipe. The female passenger consented to a search and was also found to be in possession of a pipe, police said. The two were placed under arrest. The driver was identified as James White, 58, a transient. He was booked for possession, driving on a suspended license and for making an unsafe turn. His bail was set at $10,000. The passenger was identified as Ana Baluyot , 41, of Los Angeles. She was booked for possession of paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $250.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.