yellow-law-enforcement-line-with-police-car-and-lights-in-the-background.1Crime 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, Aug. 12, at 10:10 a.m.,

Santa Monica police officers responded to the Public Safety Facility located along the 300 block of Olympic Drive regarding a report of vandalism. Two fire department administrators said they saw a guy scratch an office window that is accessible from Fourth Street. The suspect then walked southbound on Fourth Street. The fire department employees followed him and called police. Officers caught the suspect a short time later and took him into custody. He was booked for vandalism, a $750 warrant and for violating his probation. He was identified as Phillip Castillo Nides, 60, a transient. No bail was set.


Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 6:35 p.m.,

Officers responded to an apartment complex located on the 200 block of Bay Street. Tenants reported that a suspicious person was sitting in a car that was parked in an attached garage. When officers arrived they found the man in the garage. He appeared to be shaking and was continually clenching and unclenching his fists, which made officers believe that he was on drugs. When officers asked him what he was doing, he allegedly rambled on about having to follow a woman and that CIA and FBI agents were watching him. Based on their training, officers determined that the man was on some sort of drug and placed him under arrest for being under the influence. He was identified as Michael Wayne Sanders, 35, a transient. His bail was set at $2,500.


Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 8:30 p.m.,

Officers went to a home on the 2600 block of Kansas Avenue to check in on a parolee. Officers searched the home and said they found a green prescription bottle that contained a crystalline substance. Officers questioned the two people who lived at the residence and both denied knowing anything about it. Eventually one of the suspects acknowledged that the bottle contained methamphetamine. Both were placed under arrest for possession. The suspects were identified as Jesse Thomas West, 45, and Gregory James Snowden, 40; both from Santa Monica. No bail was set.


Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 2:40 p.m.,

Officers responded to the 1200 block of 14th Street regarding a report of a woman who was trying to hit a man with a hammer. While en route officers spotted a woman matching the suspect’s description and detained her. The male victim told officers that he was trying to find a parking space at 14th Street and Wilshire Boulevard when he got into an argument with the woman. He asked her to move her car so he could pass and find a spot. She allegedly pulled out a hammer and started swinging it at him. He said she hit him in the face with her keys. He retreated to his car and called police with his cell phone. Officers checked out the woman’s car and found the hammer and a set of keys hanging from the ignition. The man said the hammer is the one she used and officers placed her under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon. She was identified as Quelyndria Lorgnette Warner, 50, of Santa Monica. Her bail was set at $30,000.


Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 10:10 a.m.,

Officers responded to a restaurant located on the 600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard regarding a report of a break-in. The owner of the restaurant showed officers security footage in which a suspect can be seen forcing his way into the front door by prying open a folding door/window. Once inside, the suspect ransacked the place. Officers said the suspect appeared to be 30 to 40 years old, white and homeless. He was wearing a light colored jacket, dark pants and a backpack with black stripes on the shoulder straps. The following day officers detained a man near the 600 block of Wilshire Boulevard who matched the suspect’s description. Based on his statements and the video evidence, officers determined the man was the same one who broke into the restaurant and placed him under arrest for burglary. He was identified as Randall Scott Gramling, 55, a transient. His bail was set at $20,000.


Thursday, Aug. 15, at 2:31 a.m.,

Officers responded to the corner of Neilson Way and Hollister Avenue regarding a car alarm that went off. When officers arrived at the scene they saw a silver SUV with its alarm blaring and its emergency lights flashing. Officers could see a man inside the SUV. As officers approached the vehicle from behind they noticed that the rear window was busted out. A large stick was also partially protruding from the broken window. Fearing the suspect would run, officers ordered him to get out of the vehicle with his hands up. He complied and was taken into custody. After questioning the suspect, officers determined he was not the owner of the SUV and placed him under arrest for burglary. He was identified as Sidney Edward Boggs, 56, of Los Angeles. His bail was set at $20,000.


Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.

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