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, Feb. 6, at 7:04 p.m.,
Santa Monica police officers received a radio call of an alleged shoplifter running from Sears security. As officers arrived on scene, they saw the suspect running down Fourth Street from Colorado, near the Sears. Officers told the suspect to stop but he kept running, police said. The suspect hid behind some cars and dropped something in nearby bushes. Officers were able to take the suspect into custody. Officers searched the bushes and said they found a watch and switchblade knife. Officers spoke with the security guards who said the suspect entered the store, took watches and left the store without paying. Security grabbed him and brought him to an office for questioning. They told officers the suspect managed to get free and fled. The suspect was arrested for theft. While at the Santa Monica Jail, officers said they found a firearms permit, bus pass and a guard card that were bogus. Officers also found rental car keys. They searched the parking lot where they saw the suspect hiding, found the car and found a stolen watch inside. The suspect was booked for burglary, forging an officials seal, receiving stolen property, possession of a switchblade and violation of parole. He was identified as Riccardo Patterson, 44, of Long Beach. He was not eligible for bail.
Saturday, Feb. 5, at 3:10 p.m.,
Officers responded to the Third Street Promenade — Abercrombie & Fitch — regarding a shoplifting suspect in custody. When officers arrived, security told them that the suspect was in the store on three prior occasions and stole things. During this latest visit, the suspect allegedly walked up to the fragrance counter and placed five boxes in his jacket and walked out without paying. Security confronted him. The suspect told security that he needed the items to sell for food. Officers took the suspect into custody for burglary and a parole hold. He was identified as Bruce Jones, 57, of Hollywood. He was not eligible for bail.
Saturday, Feb. 5, at 3:11 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 1200 block of Santa Monica Boulevard regarding a naked man sitting in a customer’s vehicle. When officers arrived, they made contact with a witness who told them that he approached the naked man, asked him what he was doing in the car, at which point the suspect handed over a plastic bag containing methamphetamines. Officers took the suspect into custody for possession of a controlled substance. He was identified as Daniel Shugren, 48, of Van Nuys. His bail was set at $10,000.
Saturday, Feb. 5, at 1:05 a.m.,
Officers were patrolling the 100 block of Broadway when they were flagged down by a person who was pointing toward a crowd of people. Officers saw one man on top of another fighting. The person on the ground was bleeding profusely from his elbow. The victim told officers that the suspect entered a business with some friends. As the suspect was sitting down, he hit a glass with his elbow. On the fourth hit, the glass broke. The suspect then fled the location. The victims confronted the suspect, who struck the victims several times. They were able to get on top of him and hold him down until the cops showed up. Officers placed the man under arrest for vandalism, public intoxication and assault and battery. The suspect was identified as Marcus Brander 24, of South Carolina. His bail was set at $20,000.
Friday, Feb. 4, at 9:55 p.m.,
Officers were on routine patrol in the 2000 block of Delaware Avenue when they were flagged down. Officers stopped and asked the man if he needed help. Officers recognized the suspect from prior contacts and knew he was on probation. Officers searched the suspect and found crack cocaine in the headband of his hat. Officers placed the suspect under arrest for possession of narcotics and a probation violation. He was identified as Henry Boykins, 55. His bail was set at $10,000.
Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 3:18 a.m.,
Officers responded to a report of a vehicle burglary that recently occurred in the 100 block of Strand Street. Officers were advised by a witness that he was sleeping but woke up when he heard the sound of glass breaking and a car alarm. He looked outside and saw a subject in dark clothing leaving from the carport. Officers located a vehicle that had been broken into. Officers located the owner who said that his iPod and other items were missing. Officers located a man a short distance away who matched the description of the suspect. The suspect was allegedly in possession of items that belonged to the car owner. He also had burglary tools, police said. Officers arrested the suspect for burglary, possession of burglary tools, a probation violation and a burglary warrant. He was identified as Dean Thomas, 53, of Santa Monica. He was not eligible for bail.
Monday, Jan. 31, at 1:03 p.m.,
Officers responded to the corner of Appian Way and Arcadia Terrace regarding a report of vandalism. When officers arrived, they made contact with an off-duty city employee who said he saw the suspect marking on a wall. Officers located the suspect and determined he was responsible for the graffiti. Police said they found an identical tag on the suspect’s property. He was placed under arrest for vandalism. He was identified as Harley Brown, 20, of Northridge. His bail was set at $10,000.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.