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.
Monday, May 30, at 3:17 p.m.,
Santa Monica police responded to the Denny’s restaurant located on the 1500 block of Lincoln Boulevard regarding a report of a customer who was unable to pay for the food he ate. When officers arrived, they made contact with the restaurant manager who told them that the suspect entered the restaurant, ordered food and then tried to pay with a gift card that was declined. The suspect said he had no other way to pay and he was arrested for defrauding an innkeeper. He was identified as Cameron Dodge, 37, of Cherry Hills, N.J. His bail was set at $500.
Sunday, May 29, at 10:34 a.m.,
Officers responded to Sonny McLean’s Irish Pub located on the 2600 block of Wilshire Boulevard regarding a person inside causing a disturbance. When officers arrived, they detained the suspect and made contact with employees of the bar. They said the suspect ate food and drank several alcoholic beverages and then tried to pay using a Sam’s Club card. When management asked him to leave, he allegedly became argumentative and refused to leave. Officers arrested the suspect for defrauding an innkeeper. He was later released after being issued a citation. He was identified as Roy Wayne Elder, 46, of Santa Monica.
Saturday, May 28, at 7:50 p.m.,
Officers responded to the area of Seventh Street and Wilshire Boulevard — Reed Park — regarding an assault that occurred. When officers arrived, they made contact with the victim and suspects and determined that a fight broke out over a basketball game. The victim told officers that a verbal argument turned violent and he was kicked and punched in the head and body by the suspects. When the attack stopped, the victim called 911. He was rushed to a local hospital where he was treated for lacerations to his face and a broken nose. Officers placed the suspects under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon. They were identified as Anthony Wesley, 46, of Santa Monica, and Joseph Mangum, 28, a transient. No bail information was provided by police.
Saturday, May 28, at 5:42 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 200 block of Broadway — Nordstrom — regarding a shoplifter in custody. When officers arrived, they made contact with security who said that they watched as the suspect used someone else’s Nordstrom card to purchase lots of cosmetics. Security detained the suspect for using the card and held him until police arrived. Officers spoke with the suspect, who allegedly admitted to using someone else’s identity to make the purchase. He further admitted to making large purchases in Mission Viejo earlier this year. Officers recovered the fraudulent credit card, temporary driver’s license, a debit card and other evidence. The suspect was placed under arrest and booked for burglary, forgery, altering a driver’s license, identity theft and a probation violation. He was identified as Yeuk Pui Ng, 33, of Pomona. His bail was set at $20,000.
Friday, May 27, at 5:45 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 700 block of Bay Street regarding a report of a man brandishing a weapon. When officers arrived, they made contact with the alleged victim who told them that as he was arriving home he saw two men looking into some bushes next to his neighbor’s window. The victim confronted the men and asked one of them if they had lost something. That’s when one of the men allegedly reached into his waistband and pulled out a hammer and lunged toward the victim in a threatening manner. The victim retreated and called 911. Officers detained the suspect at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Bay Street and placed him under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats. The suspect was identified as Christopher Johnson, 22, a transient. His bail was set at $50,000.
Wednesday, May 25, at 5:15 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 1600 block of Ocean Avenue — OPCC’s Daybreak — regarding a report of a commercial burglary that recently occurred. When officers arrived, they saw a broken window and a blood trail leading away from the location. While interviewing witnesses, officers were given a photograph of the suspect. Forensics responded and processed the crime scene. Police believed $500 in bus tokens was missing. Officers were able to identify the suspect by name and she was located the next day in the 500 block of Olympic Drive. She was placed under arrest for burglary and a probation violation. The suspect was identified as Shonte Nelson, 37, a transient. Her bail was set at $21,250.
Wednesday, May 25, at 1:50 p.m.,
Officers responded to the Vons located on the 1300 block of Wilshire Boulevard regarding a shoplifter in custody. When officers arrived, they made contact with store security who said they saw the suspect placing items in a bag she brought with her into the store. The suspect then left without paying for the items. She was detained outside the store. While waiting for officers to arrive, the suspect allegedly tried to escape by pushing and biting the arm of security guard. Officers placed the suspect under arrest for robbery. She was identified as Loenela Contreras, 43, a transient. Her bail was set at $50,000.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.