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.


Thursday, Nov. 28, at 5:24 p.m.,

Santa Monica Police officers responded to the 2500 block of Seventh Street regarding a report of a break-in. A neighbor called police after seeing some movement inside a home next door. The neighbor became suspicious because he knew his neighbor was not at home. He had seen movement in the house for at least a day. Officers made entry into the home and found a suspect inside. In the living room they found items that were moved out of their storage areas and placed on a dining room table. The stove was on and there were signs that the suspect had been living there. A load of laundry was in the washing machine, the bathtub appeared to have been used and the bed slept in. The owners were contacted and confirmed that they did not know the suspect and had given no one permission to be inside while they were away. The suspect was placed under arrest for burglary and a parole violation. He was identified as Dontae Jamar Gates, 26, of Lynwood, Calif. No bail was set.


Sunday, Dec. 1, at 7:12 p.m.,

Officers were conducting a periodic check of the area of Olympic Boulevard and the alley east of 12th Street, an area where narcotics are frequently used, when they came upon a parolee. Officers searched his backpack and said they found a syringe. The suspect told officers that he needed the syringe to inject Tylenol. Officers continued to search his backpack and found methamphetamine in one of the compartments, along with a pipe commonly used to smoke the drug. He was placed under arrest for possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia and for a parole violation. The suspect was identified as Demond Jones, 30, a transient. No bail was set.


Sunday, Dec. 1, at 3:20 p.m.,

Officers responded to the 2300 block of 28th Street regarding a report of a driver assaulting a traffic officer who was writing up a ticket for illegally parking in a handicap spot. Police said the traffic officer was writing the ticket along the 2600 block of 28th Street when they were “hockey checked” from behind by the owner of the vehicle, who then jumped into his car and drove off at a high rate of speed. The traffic officer had the car’s license plate number and police tracked the owner to a home a few blocks away. Officers went to the home and made contact with the driver, who immediately demanded his attorney be present. Officers placed him under arrest after he was positively identified by the traffic officer. The suspect was booked for assault. He was identified as Robin Odysseus Daugherty, 25, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $20,000.


Saturday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m.,

Officers responded to the corner of Seventh Street and Wilshire Boulevard regarding a purse snatching. The alleged victim told officers she was walking south out of the alley east of Sixth Street when the suspect asked her for a cigarette. As she looked in her purse, the suspect allegedly grabbed it and walked away. The woman watched as the suspect took items out of the purse and put them in his pocket. When she ran after him to get her purse back the man raised his fist in a striking motion, causing the woman to stop. He then handed the purse back. Officers armed with a description of the suspect located him along the 1300 block of 14th Street. When approached, he spontaneously told officers he did not have the woman’s purse. The woman positively identified the suspect and he was placed under arrest for robbery. He was identified as Frank Mantero Allen, 41, a transient. His bail was set at $50,000.


Saturday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m.,

Officers responded to the 2400 block of 33rd Street regarding a burglary that just occurred. While en route, officers noticed a group of people on the 2400 block of 33rd Street who appeared to be holding the suspect for police. Officers detained the suspect and spoke with the alleged victim, who said that he had just come home from seeing a movie with his two sons when he found the suspect inside the home. He noticed that his laptop was missing. He confronted the suspect, who pushed him and ran outside the house. The man gave chase and was able to take the suspect to the ground. The suspect got up and continued running. The man called for help and two men responded, holding the suspect until cops arrived. The suspect was found to have other property on him that belonged to the alleged victim. The suspect was placed under arrest for burglary. He was identified as Bohdan Aaron Barragan, 34. His bail was set at $50,000.


Friday, Nov. 29, at 5:49 p.m.,

Officers responded to the 2600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard regarding a fight in progress. When they arrived they spoke with the alleged victim, who said the suspect was acting obnoxious and yelling at them as they sat in their car. The suspect asked the car owner for “a light.” He then started punching one of the car’s windows and a side mirror, breaking it. The car owner waited there until police arrived and placed the man under arrest for a probation violation, vandalism and disturbing the peace. The suspect was identified as John Eric Phillips, 44, a transient. His bail was set at $10,000.


Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera compiled these reports.

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