On July 10 at about 1:54 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were dispatched to a radio call of a domestic violence occurring on the 2400 block of the beach.

While en route, the officers were told that the reporting party/victim’s boyfriend hit him in the chest and face about 30 minutes prior to the call. Both parties were now at Main and Strand streets.

After speaking with both parties, it was determined they were involved in an argument over their relationship and living situation, which led to the suspect grabbing the victim by the arms and throwing him to the ground.

The suspect kicked and punched the victim in the head and upper body. While being held down by the suspect, the victim bit his finger in order to get away.

Josue Alberto Lara, 24, of South Gate, had bail set at $50,000.

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.