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, Sept. 28, at 3:31 p.m.,

Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2600 block of Main Street — Ocean Park Library — regarding a homeless man who allegedly assaulted a security guard. When officers arrived they made contact with library workers who said the man was working at a computer and suddenly became angry because the computer froze. He began pounding on the computer and threw the mouse in anger. When a security guard approached him to see what was wrong, the man allegedly stood up and yelled at him. He then punched the guy in the chest. The guard wrestled the subject to the ground and held him until police arrived. Officers said the suspect was uncooperative at the jail and began yelling at officers. He was eventually booked for assault, resisting and six outstanding warrants. The suspect was identified as Barry Kevin Burns, 53, a transient. His bail was set at $23,762.


Sunday, Sept. 29, at 5:33 a.m.,

Officers responded to the 2300 block of Main Street — Urth Cafe — regarding a report of vandalism. When officers arrived they made contact with employees at the cafe who had a suspect in custody. Officers noticed that the suspect was speaking incoherently and rambled on about how good he felt. His clothes were wet and had sand on them. During the investigation the suspect allegedly revealed that he had recently ingested LSD, or “acid.” Officers conducted a sobriety test and determined the suspect was under the influence of the drug. He was placed under arrest. While at the jail, officers tried to get a statement from the suspect, however, he did not know where he was or what was happening to him. He was eventually booked for being under the influence. He was identified as Jerome Ryan Cushing, 21, from New Jersey. His bail was set at $2,500.


Saturday, Sept. 28, at 3:17 p.m.,

Officers responded to the 1200 block of Fourth Street —T.J. Maxx — regarding a suspected shoplifter in custody. When officers arrived they spoke with store employees who said the suspect was seen taking several pieces of men’s clothing, valued at $330.82, and concealed them in a shopping bag. He then left the store without offering to pay for the items. Security detained him. He allegedly admitted that he entered the store with the intention of stealing clothes. He was found to be on probation and that his probation was revoked. He was placed under arrest for petty theft with a prior. The suspect was identified as William Lawrence Rippengale, 52, of Santa Monica. No bail was set.


Friday, Sept. 27, at 5:38 p.m.,

A motorcycle officer stopped a vehicle displaying no license plate on the 1100 block of Third Street. An investigation revealed that the driver did not have a valid license and had two outstanding warrants for her arrest. She admitted to having methamphetamine and heroin in her car, police said. Officers detained her and searched the vehicle. They said they found .25 grams of heroin, .08 grams of meth, a glass smoking pipe, seven used syringes, used cotton balls and a large rubber band. She was arrested for possession, driving without a license, a probation violation and two warrants, one being a no-bail warrant. The suspect was identified as Mary Allison Rowland, 24, of Inglewood, Calif. No bail was set.


Saturday, Sept. 14, at 9:27 p.m.,

Officers responded to the 100 block of Wilshire Boulevard — Fairmont Miramar Hotel — regarding a report of a stolen cellphone. When officers arrived they made contact with a female guest who said that while she was at the pool she realized her phone was missing. A detective was dispatched two days later to take a statement. The woman said she had a hunch that one of the hotel employees was involved. She provided a description of the man to the detective, who contacted management. Management assisted the detective in tracking down the employee. During an interview, the suspect allegedly admitted to taking the phone. The detective learned that the employee actually took two cell phones from the hotel. It was also learned that the employee provided the Fairmont with someone else’s Social Security number so he could gain employment, police said. He was placed under arrest for receiving stolen property, falsely impersonating another person, possession of false government identification and falsely representing or identifying himself to a peace officer. The suspect was identified as Luis Hernandez Fernando, 45, of North Hollywood, Calif. His bail was set at $50,000.


Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.

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