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.


Sunday, Nov. 17, at 4:13 p.m.,

An officer on patrol saw a man sitting along the 1800 block of Ocean Front Walk drinking an alcoholic beverage. The officer approached the man to issue him a citation with the intent of releasing him. While the officer was checking his computer to see if the suspect had any warrants, the suspect got up and walked off. As the officer tried to catch up with him, the suspect started running. He was eventually caught on the 100 block of Bay Street. When the officer tried to detain him the man allegedly spit sunflower seeds at him and started resisting. He was eventually handcuffed and booked for two outstanding warrants and resisting arrest. He was identified as Michael William Young, 43, a transient. His bail was set at $15,250.


Saturday, Nov. 16, at 4:53 p.m.,

Officers responded to the Santa Monica Pier regarding a report of a cell phone theft. When they reached the pier the officers noticed a man matching the description of the suspect and detained him. During their investigation the officers discovered a used syringe and a glass pipe commonly used to smoke drugs. The suspect did not have a cell phone on him, however, police had enough evidence to arrest him for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was identified as Juni Charles Charlton, 26, of West Covina, Calif. His bail was set at $250.


Friday, Nov. 15, at 12:11 p.m.,

Officers responded to a domestic violence call along the 1800 block of Marine Street. When they arrived they found a woman inside her home who told the officers that she and the suspect have a child together but are no longer an item. She said when she returned home she saw the suspect inside her home trying to remove a key from her keyring. The key belonged to the suspect’s residence, where she is also a resident. (Confused yet?) When she confronted him and told him that he could not take the key, he allegedly pushed her to the floor. He then left. Officers saw him walking down the street and detained him. He was placed under arrest for robbery, burglary and domestic battery. He was identified as Michael Mandel, 60, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $50,000. The victim was granted an emergency protective order, police said.


Friday, Nov. 15, at 3:54 a.m.,

Officers responded to the 700 block of Santa Monica Boulevard regarding a report of a man who could not pay his cab fare. The credit card that he used was declined and he did not have any cash. The cab driver did not want to prosecute, but the officers said the man was so drunk that he could not care for himself. The officers tried to call one of the man’s friends to help him, but couldn’t reach anyone so they placed him under arrest for being drunk in public. He was identified as George Albert Stokoe, 21, of Los Angeles. His bail was set at $250.


Thursday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m.,

Officers responded to the 300 block of Broadway regarding a report of a shoplifter who stole from two stores at Santa Monica Place. The suspect allegedly stole a scarf from Ted Baker London and a pair of socks from Kitson. Security from Kitson followed the suspect and said they saw him try to sell the scarf to people walking by the mall. They found the stolen merchandise and called police. The merchandise was returned and the suspect was placed under arrest for theft. He was identified as Calvin Coolidge Milner, 19, a transient. His bail was set at $25,000.


Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 10:22 a.m.,

Officers responded to a radio call to assist an LAPD officer at the intersection of Main and Hill streets. The LAPD officer told Santa Monica police that he was driving along the 2600 block of Main Street when a citizen flagged him down regarding a woman who was acting crazy. He stopped the woman, who was yelling at people and at one point picked up a metal table from in front of a Starbucks and threw it on the ground. The SMPD officer tried to talk to the woman and noticed that she was exhibiting signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Further investigation revealed that earlier in the day she had allegedly assaulted a woman in the area of Main Street and Ashland Avenue. She allegedly pulled the victim down to the ground by her hair for no apparent reason. Officers searched the suspect and said they found marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine. The suspect was placed under arrest for possession of narcotics, being drunk in public, battery, assault and disturbing the peace. She was identified as Diane Figueroa, 33, of Los Angeles. Her bail was set at $20,000.


Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.

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