On Aug. 11 at approximately 11:55 a.m., a man and his girlfriend were standing at a bus stop in the 1600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard and started arguing because the suspect believed his girlfriend was cheating on him.
The suspect became increasingly angry and eventually struck his girlfriend’s face with an open-handed palm, which knocked off her sunglasses. The suspect then picked up the sunglasses and walked away.
Shortly afterward, the girlfriend walked across the street and met up with her mother at a nearby Taco Bell. As the two women started walking away from the location, the suspect walked up behind the victim and poured a cup of water over her head.
The suspect ran away immediately afterward, but circled the block and then snatched the victim’s cellphone out of her back pocket. When the victim demanded the suspect give her phone back, the suspect refused and again walked away from her.
The victim called Santa Monica police and pointed out the suspect to the arriving officer. The suspect, Tyler Jon Sanford, 24, homeless, was then taken into custody, booked for grand theft and issued a temporary restraining order.
Bail was set at $25,000.
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.