On July 9 at about 9:12 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1600 block of Ocean Front Walk regarding an argument between a woman and two men, one of whom may have made threats.
One of the suspects, described as a man wearing a dark hat and dark clothing, had already left the location. The officers contacted another involved party, later identified as Tristen Mareci, sitting in front of lifeguard headquarters.
When the officers asked Mareci if he had anything dangerous or illegal in his pockets or hidden under his clothing, Mareci told them he had several hypodermic needles in his left front pants pocket.
A search of Mareci yielded a white iPhone and a wallet containing an Indiana driver license not issued to Mareci. He claimed he found the wallet and iPhone near the pier and had not yet attempted to turn them in.
Mareci was arrested for illegally possessing syringes for the consumption of illicit drugs and possessing lost property without making reasonable efforts to find the owner.
Mareci, 21, homeless was transported to the Santa Monica jail and held on $500 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.