On Jan. 20 at approximately 12:40 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a domestic violence call at a residence at the 1400 block of 5th Street.
When the officers arrived, they found the victim crying uncontrollably outside the location. The victim told the officers she used to date the suspect and also lived with him for a short time in 2013, but ended the relationship after several incidences of domestic violence. The victim also told them the suspect is an alcoholic and suffers from mental illness.
On Jan. 19, however, the victim called the suspect and asked him to take her to see a doctor. The suspect agreed, but when they returned to the victim’s residence he started drinking vodka and became verbally abusive. The suspect also became irrational and believed someone was using tracking signals to follow him.
The victim asked the suspect to leave, but he refused and eventually fell asleep. The following morning, the suspect continued drinking and became even more irrational. He also assaulted the victim by punching her multiple times on the body and face, and then threatened he would kill her.
When the suspect walked into another room, the victim immediately ran outside and asked a passerby to use their cell phone to call the police. After speaking to the victim, the officers went inside the victim’s residence and found the suspect there. The suspect was then taken into custody and booked at the Santa Monica jail.
Trevor Schmidt, 58, of San Diego, had bail set at $50,000.
Editor’s note: Crime Watch is 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.