On August 9, 2018 at about 5:29 p.m.
Officers responded to a radio call for service at the Santa Monica Pier regarding a subject brandishing a hammer and making threats. Upon officer’s arrival, the reporting party/victim immediately pointed out the suspect. The suspect was detained for an investigation. Officers learned the victim, a performer on the pier, was performing when unprovoked the subject approached and began interfering with his performance and yelling obscenities. The victim told him to leave him alone. The subject continued to bother the victim. The subject revealed his waistband and displayed a metal hammer. As the subject did so, he threatened to harm the victim. The victim walked away and called the police. The subject was taken into custody.
Nelson Santos Flores, 44, was booked and later issued a citation for brandishing a weapon.