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, June 21, at 11:38 p.m.

Santa Monica officers responded to an unknown trouble call at the Saint John’s Health Center emergency room at 2121 Santa Monica Blvd. The reporting party indicated that a young child was refusing to leave with a male and female adult. Responding officers located the child and the female adult, both of whom were crying. The adult victim told officers that while she was at the beach earlier in the day with the child and the male adult, she injured her foot requiring a trip to the emergency room. The two victims were transported to the hospital by the male adult who told them he would wait outside the hospital while the female was treated. After a few hours, the victims were unable to locate the male, so they walked to the CVS Pharmacy in the 2500 block of Santa Monica Boulevard to fill a prescription. Approximately 10 minutes after they left a text message for the male, he arrived in the parking lot of the CVS. Once the victims were seated in the vehicle, the male started screaming at the woman and girl as he drove back toward the emergency room. The female asked the male to stop several times so that she and the child could exit the vehicle. As he drove by the entrance to the emergency room, the male slammed on the brakes and the girl, who was not in her seatbelt, hit the seat in front of her and started crying. When the adult female tried to exit the vehicle, the male grabbed her hair, then grabbed her neck and squeezed. She was able to break from his grasp and flee the vehicle with the child. The male adult was arrested for kidnapping and child endangerment. The suspect was identified as Dale Allen Lucerne, 58, of Grand Junction, Col. Bail was set at $10,000.


Saturday, June 21, at 3:15 p.m.

Officers received a call of an intoxicated subject in the area of Lincoln and Ocean Park boulevards. The caller reported that a male of unknown age wearing dark clothing was attempting to fight a homeless man. Responding officers found the subject of the call walking southbound in the 2400 block of Lincoln Boulevard. When the officers attempted to stop the man, he became aggressive and stumbled toward the officers with his fists clenched, asking them, “You want to fight?” The suspect was taken into custody after a short struggle. He had several signs of alcohol intoxication, including poor coordination, unsteady gait, slurred speech, and bloodshot eyes. The suspect was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest. The suspect was identified as Guadalupe Avilia, 20, of Santa Monica. Bail was set at $10,000.


Thursday, June 19, at 10:45 p.m.

A patrol officer responded to an open carport near the intersection of Fourth and Bay streets regarding a recent vandalism to a vehicle. The person calling the police told the responding officer that he saw a suspect wearing a dark hoodie and carrying a white umbrella, break the rear window of a green Volkswagen Beetle before running northbound on Fourth Street, then west on Pico Boulevard. A sergeant, also responding to the call, detained the subject in the 1900 block of Alley 2. The suspect was arrested for vandalism as well as an outstanding warrant. The suspect was identified as Anthony Andrew Elby, 32, of Santa Monica. Bail was set at $36,500.


Friday, June 20

Officers on patrol were flagged down by witnesses who reported a fight in progress in the area of 14th Street and Michigan Avenue. As officers drove in the 1700 block of 14th Street they saw a male enter the front passenger door of a beige sedan and lean out the window of the car, gesturing and yelling at two male subjects on the curb. Officers stopped the car before it left the area and detained the occupants, one of whom the officers recognized as a local gang member. The two male pedestrians told the officers that the subject seen getting into the vehicle had brandished a knife and challenged them to a fight. A knife was discovered inside the sedan near the passenger seat. The passenger was carrying a bandana, and a cell phone. The passenger in the vehicle was arrested for brandishing a weapon, possession of a counterfeit $20 bill, a probation violation, and a gang enhancement. The suspect was identified as Donald Lee Quintana, 40, of Los Angeles. No bail was set.


Friday, June 20, at 5:26 p.m.

Officers working an assignment on the Santa Monica Pier were dispatched to the pier substation to meet with two City of Santa Monica code enforcement officers who were victims of an assault and battery. The Code Enforcement officers reported that at about 4:40 p.m., they were working in uniform and conducting a check of the beach for municipal code violations. They approached a person who they knew to be a chronic violator of the city’s laws pertaining to vending on the beach and pier. When the officers attempted to take a picture of the suspect for their records, she lowered her head to hide her face behind her visor and started to walk away. When one of the code enforcement officers extended his hands to move the camera closer to the suspect, she grabbed his wrist and pulled it down toward the ground. She yelled at them in Spanish that they had broken the law by taking her picture. She then grabbed both of the officers’ arms and started pulling them toward the pier substation to report them to the police. She quickly let go and all three went to the substation to report the incident. There were no injuries; however, the code enforcement officers desired prosecution. The suspect was arrested for assault and battery. The suspect was identified as Blar Murcia, 51, of Los Angeles. No bail was set.


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