On February 14, at about 7:39 p.m.

Employees at the Clare Foundation in the 900 block of Pico Boulevard called police to report a fight between residents at that location. According to several witnesses, the victim was laying on the couch in the community living room watching television. The suspect, identified as Sylas Brownridge, approached the victim, stood over him, and punched him several times in the face causing a bloody and broken nose. Brownridge admitted to the officers that he punched the victim, claiming he was upset at the victim for changing the channel. Brownridge said that when he initially asked the victim why he changed the channel, the victim became aggressive and confrontational. Brownridge insisted that he punched the victim only one time, and it was a response to the victim’s aggression. Brownridge, who is on parole, was arrested for battery and taken to the Santa Monica Jail.

Brownridge, 54, homeless, was held without bail.

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.