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.


Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2:03 p.m.,

Santa Monica police officers responded to Sixth Street and Santa Monica Boulevard to assist a fellow officer who was investigating a report of an assault. While the alleged victim didn’t want to have the suspect arrested, officers decided to question him anyway when he exited the Goodwill store. As officers started interrogating the suspect the manager of the Goodwill came out of the store and told them that the suspect had just walked off with a white Walkman. The suspect denied it, but officers learned he was on parole for burglary and searched him. They said they found the Walkman and an alarm-clock radio hidden inside the sleeve of his sweatshirt. The manager told officers the suspect had been coming into the store once a week for approximately six to eight months and had stolen something each time. The suspect was placed under arrest for burglary and a parole violation. He was identified as Ronald Hendricks, 63, of Los Angeles. No bail was set.


Monday, Dec. 10, at 11:05 a.m.,

Officers responded to the 1800 block of Pico Boulevard at the request of fire fighters, who were with a suspected drunk. When officers arrived the fire fighters pointed to a man who was walking in and out of traffic. Officers detained him and said they could smell the strong odor of alcohol. Paramedics told the officers they had responded to a report of a person lying on the ground who was unresponsive. When they arrived, the man woke up and walked off. He allegedly refused to comply with the paramedics and started staggering in the street. He was placed under arrest and searched. Officers said he was in possession of hash oil. He was eventually booked for possession of concentrated cannabis and for being drunk in public. He was identified as Stanley Riley, 38, a transient. His bail was set at $500.


Monday, Dec. 10, at 5:10 p.m.,

Officers responded to the 1500 block of Second Street — McDonald’s — to check out the area after folks complained about people using and/or selling drugs in the area. When officers arrived they saw a woman smoking a cigarette near the entrance to the fast-food joint, a violation of the municipal code. Officers made contact with her and learned she was on probation. They searched her and allegedly found a pipe in her backpack that was used to smoke methamphetamines. Officers placed her under arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia. She was identified as Alana Thimester, 23, a transient. Her bail was set at $500.


Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4:10 a.m.,

Officers responded to the 1100 block of 20th Street regarding a report of a suspicious person inside the apartment complex consuming alcohol in the courtyard. When officers arrived they detained the suspect, who was allegedly trying to hide in the doorway to one of the apartments. Officers asked the man why he was in the courtyard, at which time he told them that he was visiting a friend in the first unit. Officers learned who lived in that unit and the name didn’t match the one given by the suspect. He was placed under arrest for prowling and a parole violation. He was identified as David Merrell, 47, a transient. No bail was provided.


Monday, Nov. 19, at 6:25 p.m.,

Officers responded to the 300 block of Pico Boulevard — El Texate Restaurant — regarding a theft that just occurred. When officers arrived they made contact with the owner, who told them that he was walking around his property when he noticed a bicycle parked by his storage room. As he continued to investigate he saw a man exit the storage room carrying a case of Crown Royal whisky. The owner confronted the man and told him to put the whisky down while he called police. The suspect allegedly placed the whisky on the ground and pushed the restaurant owner with both hands against a vehicle and then fled. The owner said he could see the suspect had stashed more bottles of whisky in his jacket. On Dec. 7 at 11:49 a.m., officers were called back to the location as the owner spotted the suspect standing on a nearby street corner. Officers arrived and arrested the suspect for robbery and a parole violation. He was identified as Dale Russell, 47, a transient. No bail was set.


Friday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m.,

Officers responded to the corner of Fourth Street and Santa Monica Boulevard regarding a report of a theft suspect on a Big Blue Bus. Officers were told that the suspect entered the Jamba Juice at 331 Santa Monica Blvd. and took two bottles of water from the cooler. The suspect then allegedly left the store without paying. When confronted, he allegedly threatened the store manager with bodily harm and took a fighting stance. The suspect walked away with the water and got on the bus. The manager called police and the bus remained at the stop until police arrived. The suspect ran off the bus and allegedly tried to assault police. The suspect was taken to the ground and handcuffed. No one was injured, police said. The suspect was booked for robbery and resisting arrest.

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