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.
Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 3:52 a.m.,
Santa Monica police officers responded to the area of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard regarding a fight in progress. When officers arrived, they made contact with the alleged victim who told them that she and the suspect were riding an MTA bus when the suspect told her to get off because of her poor hygiene, police said. The victim and the suspect got into an argument and were asked to leave the bus by the MTA driver. Once they exited, the victim said the suspect continued the argument and struck and kicked her. The suspect also allegedly struck the victim with an umbrella. The suspect was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. She was identified as Shelly Kelly, 46, of Hollywood. Her bail was set at $30,000.
Saturday, Jan. 23, at 10:28 p.m.,
Officers were on routine patrol in the 1200 block of Alley 8 when they saw someone trying to open a window. As officers approached, a woman came out of the room that the window was attached to and both began arguing. Officers learned that the person trying to open the window was a hotel employee trying to get the attention of the occupants for failure to pay room fees. Officers talked with the female guest and allegedly saw a small packet in her room that contained a white powdery substance, which was later determined to be cocaine. Officers placed the woman under arrest for possession of a controlled substance and a probation violation. The suspect was identified as Crystal Snow White, 22, of Granada Hills. She was not eligible for bail.
Friday, Jan. 22, at 11:23 p.m.,
Officers responded to the area of 16th Street and Colorado Avenue regarding a fight in progress. When officers arrived, they saw a person laying on the ground unconscious. Witnesses told officers that two suspects were involved in a fight with two others and that bricks or rocks were used to strike two victims in their heads, leaving them lying on the ground. When witnesses tried to break up the fight, police said one suspect pretended to have a gun. The two suspects fled once they heard police sirens. Officers were able to locate two men who matched the suspects’ description. The men were placed under arrest. They were identified as Kenneth Jones, 19; and Ryan Lara, 18; both of Santa Monica. Jones was booked for assault with a deadly weapon, probation violation, obstructing justice, public intoxication and a gang enhancement. Lara was booked for assault with a deadly weapon, a probation violation and a gang enhancement. Their bail was set at $30,000 each.
Thursday, Jan. 21, at 2:47 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 800 block of Grant Street — Rest Haven Motel — regarding a domestic battery call. When officers arrived, they made contact with the victim who stated that his ex-girlfriend entered the hotel room, grabbed his two cell phones and damaged them with pliers. The suspect then started pushing the victim in the chest area. The victim left the room to wait for police. Officers attempted to contact the suspect, who was still inside the room. The woman did not respond. Officers forced their way into the room and placed the suspect under arrest for domestic violence and vandalism. She was identified as Omidele Bola, 32, a transient. Her bail was set at $20,000.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.