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.
Friday, Aug. 19, at 10:22 p.m.,
Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1300 block of Second Street regarding a report of two naked men beating each other with baseball bats in a common hallway of a building. When officers arrived, they located the two suspects lying nude in the hallway. Both were bloodied about the head and face and were allegedly uncooperative with officers, who were trying to determine what happened. After some time, officers determined that the two suspects reside in the same apartment complex and were drinking heavily in one of their apartments with an unknown woman. While drinking, the two men got into an argument and the woman left. The two continued fighting, with one grabbing a stick, which he used to hit the other in the head several times. The other man was able to throw his attacker’s head through a wall and both ended up on the ground nude and semi-conscious. Both could not recall how the fight started and refused to cooperate any further. Both were transported to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries. Suspect John Haven, 58, of Santa Monica, was booked for assault with a deadly weapon. His bail was set at $30,000. Ronald Robinson, 63, of Santa Monica, was booked for battery causing serious bodily injury. His bail was set at $50,000.
Sunday, Aug. 21, at 11 p.m.,
Officers were on routine patrol in the 2000 block of Third Street when they saw a suspicious person walking on a dark driveway that leads to a parking structure. The suspect walked north on Third Street and as he passed other subterranean garages, he was seen by officers to be peering inside. Officers contacted the suspect based on his suspicious activity. The suspect was noticeably nervous and allegedly admitted that he does not reside in the area or know anyone who does either. Officers asked the suspect if he possessed anything illegal and he admitted to having methamphetamine and a pipe in his possession that he used to smoke the drug, police said. Officers searched the suspect and recovered the drugs, pipe, and some marijuana. The suspect was placed under arrest for possession. He was identified as Christopher Dew, 45, a transient. Bail was set at $10,000.
Saturday, Aug. 20, at 5:22 p.m.,
Officers were on routine patrol in the area of Highland Avenue and Marine Street when they saw a man removing recyclables from a City Hall-owned bin in violation of the municipal code. The suspect was stopped and a computer check revealed he was on parole for drugs. Officers searched the suspect and found two hypodermic needles that the suspect allegedly admitted to using to inject methamphetamine. The suspect was placed under arrest and booked for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was identified as Patrick McLaughlin, 42, of Venice, Calif. His bail was set at $250.
Friday, Aug. 19, at 2:07 a.m.,
Officers responded to the area of Cloverfield and Pico boulevards regarding a report of a suspicious vehicle circling a female who was on the ground. When officers arrived, they located the vehicle and found that all of the occupants were under the influence of alcohol. Officers said one of the occupants threw a green prescription bottle underneath the car when they saw police. Officers located the bottle, which they said contained cocaine. The person who threw the bottle was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance. He was identified as Brandon Swan, 27, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $10,000. The woman who was on the ground outside the vehicle was placed under arrest for public intoxication. She was identified as Sarah Ritz, 26, of Studio City, Calif. Her bail was set at $250.
Friday, Aug. 19, at 1:40 p.m.,
Officers responded to the 2900 block of Main Street — Rick’s Tavern — on the report of a woman refusing to pay her bill. When officers arrived, they made contact with an employee at the bar who said the suspect ate food and had some alcohol. When it came time to pay for the meal, she allegedly tried to leave without paying. When confronted, she began yelling and knocking over chairs. The suspect, who is on probation for burglary, had no money to pay and was placed under arrest for defrauding an innkeeper and a probation violation. She was identified as Marne Chaix, 62, of North Beach, Calif. Her bail was set at $10,000.
Thursday, Aug. 18, at 3 p.m.,
Officers were on routine patrol in the area of Main Street and Colorado Avenue when they saw the driver of a blue Hyundai fail to stop at a red light, nearly colliding with a bicyclist. Officers conducted a traffic stop and during their investigation they could smell marijuana. The driver, who was visibly nervous and sweating profusely, allegedly made several contradictory statements and was asked to step out of the vehicle after officers saw marijuana on the rear floorboard. The driver gave officers consent to search the car, at which time they found several ounces of marijuana, concentrated cannabis and a large amount of U.S. currency. The driver was placed under arrest and booked for possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of pot for sale. Her bail was set at $20,000. She was identified as Karolyn Loberfeld, 64, of the Pacific Palisades.
Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.