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.


Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 3:30 p.m.,

Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1500 block of Ocean Avenue —Blue Plate Taco — regarding a patron who walked out on her bill. When officers arrived, they found the suspect and a taxi driver who said she refused to pay him also. Police said the suspect went into the restaurant, ate food and left without paying a $61.70 tab. After leaving she hopped into a cab and had the driver take her around the town. He became suspicious and took her back to the restaurant. She allegedly couldn’t pay her fare of $41.25. She was placed under arrest for defrauding and innkeeper. She was identified as Marne Chaix, 70. Her bail was set at $10,000.


Sunday, Sept. 22, at 6:18 a.m.,

An officer conducted a traffic stop for speeding along the 1400 block of Pacific Coast Highway. During the stop the officer said the driver gave a false name. A background check revealed the driver had a bench warrant for his arrest for a drug case and a warrant for driving on a suspended license. He was placed under arrest for the warrants. He was identified as Ricardo Jimenez, of La Puente, Calif. His bail was set at $136,000.


Saturday, Sept. 21, at 2:05 p.m.,

Officers responded to the area of 27th Street and Village Parkway regarding a report of two suspicious men loitering around a parked car. When officers arrived they made contact with the two men and determined that they did not live in the area. The car belonged to one of them. They told officers that it was not working, but they couldn’t provide more details. Officers conducted a consensual search and found one of the men to be in possession of meth. Officers placed him under arrest for drug possession and loitering. The other suspect was also arrested for loitering on private property. They were identified as Rey Angel Ferrin, 31, a transient; and Michael Aaron Sklaver, of Laguna Niguel, Calif. Bail for Ferrin was set at $10,000 while bail for Sklaver was set at $5,000.


Friday, Sept. 20, at 2:36 a.m.,

Officers on patrol along the 1200 block of Lincoln Boulevard saw two bicyclists riding in the street, but against traffic, a violation of the vehicle code. The officers conducted a traffic stop and learned that one cyclist was on probation and was staying at the nearby American Motel. Officers conducted a probation search of the hotel room where he was staying and said they found methamphetamine and a pipe containing residue that looked like meth. The suspect allegedly admitted that the drugs and pipe were his, so officers placed him under arrest for possession. He was identified as Maurice Montray Rodgers, 30, a transient. His bail was set at $10,000.


Thursday, Sept. 19, at 6:47 p.m.,

Officers responded to the 1200 block of the Third Street Promenade — Sephora — regarding a report of a suspected shoplifter who assaulted a security guard before fleeing into a nearby parking structure. When officers arrived they spoke with the security guard who said he saw the suspect take two bottles of perfume valued at $170 and concealed them in her purse before leaving the store without offering to pay. When he confronted her, the woman allegedly kicked him once in the stomach, once in the leg and once in the groin. Police found her in the parking structure and placed her under arrest for robbery. She was identified as Rosa Ella Ruiz, 26, of Los Angeles. Her bail was set at $50,000.


Monday, Sept. 16, at 7:05 a.m.,

Officers responded to the corner of 20th Street and Delaware Avenue regarding a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. The alleged victim told officers that he and the suspect have a history and recently got into a fight. On this particular day he was sleeping in a parking lot along the 1800 block of 20th Street when he was awakened by pain in his abdomen. He looked up to see the suspect standing over him with a metal pipe in his hand. He said the suspect told him, “It’s not over.” The alleged victim, fearing for his life, fled on foot with the suspect chasing him. He was able to lose the suspect, get to a phone and call police. Officers armed with a description of the suspect were able to locate him in Virginia Avenue Park. The alleged victim positively identified the suspect, who was placed under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon. He was identified as Woodrow Wilson, 52, of Lancaster, Calif. His bail was set at $45,000.


Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.

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