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, Oct. 19, at 8:54 a.m.,

Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1600 block of Ocean Front Walk regarding an assault with a deadly weapon. While responding to the location, the suspect was found on the 1400 block of Palisades Park and detained for questioning. Officers made contact with the reporting party who told them that he, his wife and children were parked along the 1600 block of Ocean Front Walk. He let his kids go to a nearby playground while the parents changed clothes in their car. A short time later the children came running back with the suspect allegedly following. The father confronted the suspect, who police said pulled out a knife and tried to stab the father several times. The father retreated and called police. Witnesses said the suspect was near the playground and was yelling unintelligible things at everyone, including the two kids. The suspect was identified and the knife recovered. He was placed under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats. He was identified as Jerome Sua, 52, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $50,000.


Thursday, Oct. 18, at 5:43 p.m.

Officers responded to the 200 block of Bicknell Avenue regarding a report of an assault that just occurred and that there was a victim bleeding from the head. When officers arrived, they located the victim outside of an apartment complex suffering from multiple cuts to his head. As paramedics were treating him, the man told officers that he has had an ongoing dispute with his neighbor, whose family owns the building they all live in. He said that on this day he and his mother returned home to find trash bins blocking their assigned parking space. He said that he asked the suspect to move the cans and a heated argument ensued. He said the suspect punched him in the face and then used a large gardening rake to strike the victim on the back of the head, causing the injuries. Witnesses were interviewed, including the mother who said the suspect struck her vehicle, causing a dent. The suspect was placed under arrest and booked for assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism. He was identified as Michael Shair Kamrany, 51, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $30,000.


Friday, Oct. 19, at 3:40 p.m.,

Police responded to the Vons market located at 710 Broadway regarding a report of an assault. When officers arrived, they made contact with a man who said he had just left the grocery store and was walking southbound on Seventh Street on the 1500 block when he passed three people sitting on a wall. As he passed, one of the people on the wall asked the shopper what he had in his bag and allegedly made a derogatory statement toward him. The suspect then allegedly took the grocery bag out of the man’s hand and ran several feet away before looking inside and then throwing it to the ground. The shopper told police that after the incident he noticed his sunglasses were missing. He called police and filed a report. Two days later the suspect was apprehended along the 500 block of Olympic Boulevard. He was booked for robbery and two outstanding warrants. Police said he admitted to fighting with the grocery shopper, but then refused to speak to anyone. The suspect was identified as Mark Henry Behrens, 43, a transient. His bail was set at $52,000.


Friday, Oct. 19, at 10:42 p.m.,

Officers were on patrol along the 300 block of Colorado Avenue when they saw a man allegedly stealing utilities. The man had been warned in the past about plugging into City Hall-owned power outlets to charge his electronics. The man was placed under arrest for theft of public utilities. He was identified as Jesus Vidana, 51, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $500.


Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2:59 p.m.,

Officers responded to Hotchkiss Park located at 2303 Fourth St. regarding a report of a man in one of the public restrooms masturbating. When officers arrived, they detained the suspect and made contact with the reporting party who told them that he was at the park with his wife and entered the restroom to wash his hands. When he entered he immediately saw the suspect sitting on a toilet masturbating. The suspect allegedly told the man he was waiting for him. The husband photographed the suspect and then called police on his cell phone. He waited just outside the bathroom door as to block anyone from entering until police arrived. Officers placed the suspect under arrest for indecent exposure and a probation violation. He was identified as Todd Sziladi, 39, of Los Angeles. His bail was set at $10,000.


Saturday, Oct. 20, at 5:17 p.m.,

Officers were on patrol on the 1700 block of Pico Boulevard when they saw a man riding his bike southbound in Alley 17 at a fast pace. The biker failed to stop once he reached the end of the alley, a violation of the Municipal Code, police said. He then proceeded to ride on the sidewalk, another violation. Officers stopped him a block down and searched him. Police said they found methamphetamine in the suspect’s possession. He was booked for drug possession, failure to stop prior to exiting an alley and riding a bike on the sidewalk. He was identified as Stanley Bauer, 48, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $10,000.


Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.

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