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.
Sunday, June 6,12:37 a.m.,
Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1400 block of 11th Street regarding a domestic violence call. Upon arrival, officers contacted the alleged victim who said she borrowed the suspect’s phone and texted a mutual friend. During the texting, she saw a text from another female, police said. The victim confronted the suspect about the message. As the suspect attempted to grab the phone, the victim fell to the ground. The victim ran outside and hid from the suspect. The suspect located her and another physical exchange occurred which resulted in the suspect grabbing the victim causing her to fall to the ground a second time, police said. Further investigation revealed that the suspect was the primary aggressor in the incident. Officers took the suspect, William Sturup, 33, of Santa Monica into custody for battery while in a dating relationship. His bail was set at $20,000.
Sunday, June 6, at 3:00 a.m.,
Officers responded to the 1900 block of Ocean Avenue in response to a vehicle that struck a palm tree. When officers arrived, they located the driver of the vehicle, who appeared to show signs of intoxication. Further investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle had been driving while impaired. Officers arrested the driver, Sariai Sosa, 21, of Los Angeles, for driving under the influence. Her bail was set at $5,000.
Saturday, June 5, at 6:55 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 2400 block of Pico Boulevard (Rite-Aid) regarding a lost wallet. An employee told officers he found a wallet in the parking lot. Upon looking in the wallet to locate identification, the employee found two baggies with white powder. The owner of the wallet arrived prior to the police officers’ arrival. Officers were eventually able to talk with wallet’s owner. Further investigation led the officers to arrest the owner of the wallet for possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). During the pre-booking search, officers located 17 Valium pills in the suspect’s pant pocket, police said. The suspect, Perry Fukai, 43, of Los Angeles was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. His bail was set at $10,000.
Tuesday, June 1, at 8:30 p.m.
Officers responded to the 1700 block of Euclid Street regarding a possible home invasion robbery. Officers were advised by a neighbor that it sounded as though someone kicked in the door and was yelling. Upon arrival, officers located the resident that stated an unknown suspect kicked in his door and was sitting in the living room. Officers made entry and located the suspect sitting on the couch, sweating profusely. The suspect, Otis Johnson, 45, of Santa Monica, was booked for vandalism, being under the influence of a controlled substance, trespassing and a parole violation. He was not eligible for bail.
Wednesday, June 2, at 7:41 p.m.,
Officers were notified of a subject in Parking Structure 4 that was urinating in public. Officers contacted the subject who was accompanied by another individual. The subject who was urinating in public was issued a citation. As the subject was being issued a citation, officers talked with the other individual. During the conversation, officers learned that the subject had marijuana in his possession. Further conversation led officers to find six baggies containing cocaine in the sock of the subject. The subject, Amadjamal Washington, 39, of Los Angeles, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale. His bail was set at $30,000.
Tuesday, June 1, at 8:35 a.m.,
Officers monitored a radio call of a witness that was following a possible drunk driver. Officers located the vehicle in the 2400 block of the eastbound lanes of the I-10 Freeway and conducted a traffic stop. When officers approached the driver, they observed signs of driving under the influence, but did not detect the smell of alcohol. Officers had the driver perform a series of balance and coordination tests. Based on the performance, officers believed that the driver had been driving while impaired (symptoms of depressants). The officers arrested her. The driver, Millie Young, 39, of Malibu, was arrested for driving under the influence. She also refused to submit to any chemical test, police said. Her bail was set at $25,000.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.